Falafel meaning

fə-läfəl
A sandwich filled with such balls.
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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

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Aramaic [script?] (pilpāl, “small round thing, peppercorn”) derived from [script?] (palpēl, “to be round, roll”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Persian [script?] (pilpil), from Sanskrit पिप्पली (pippalī, “long pepper”), or

    From Wiktionary