Falafel definitions

fə-lä'fəl
A sandwich filled with such balls.
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A mixture of ground spiced chickpeas or fava beans that is shaped into balls and deep-fried.
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A fried ball made of such a mixture.
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A small croquette or patty of ground chickpeas and other vegetables, seasoned with spices and deep-fried in oil.
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A sandwich made by stuffing this into the pocket of a pita.
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(uncountable) A Middle Eastern food in the form of balls made from chickpeas and other ingredients. Often served in a pita.

There's a stall at the market that sells fantastic falafel.

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(countable) A pita with falafel balls inside.
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(countable) A single falafel ball.

The stallholder puts salad into an open pitta bread, followed by the four falafels and then liberally covers them with hummus.

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Origin of falafel

Levantine colloquial Arabic falāfil perhaps from pl. of earlier filfal from Aramaic pilpāl small round thing, peppercorn from palpēl to be round, roll