Lebkuchen definition

lābko͝okən, lāpko͝oKHən
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A chewy, honey-sweetened spice cake or cookie, often containing nuts or candied fruits.
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A chewy cookie made with honey, spices, nuts, and candied fruits.
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A traditional German Christmas biscuit form of gingerbread.
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Noun

Singular:
lebkuchen
Plural:
lebkuchens

Origin of lebkuchen

  • German from Middle High German lebekuoche lebe- of unknown meaning kuoche cake kuchen

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

  • See German Kuchen (“cake"). The origin of the first component is uncertain: it might come from Latin libum (“flat bread") or Germanic Laib, loaf, or Leb-Honig, crystallized honey often used in baking.

    From Wiktionary