A dish consisting of pieces of seasoned meat and sometimes vegetables roasted on skewers and served with condiments.
A dish consisting of small chunks of marinated meat, esp. lamb, placed on skewers alternately with tomatoes, onions, green peppers, etc., and broiled.
(chemistry) A crystal structure consisting of a central spine (the shish) and disks or lumps growing out from it (the kebab).
Origin of shish-kebab
- Armenian shish kabab from Turkish şiş kebabı şiş skewer kebabı qualifying (possessive) form of kebap roasted meat (probably from Arabic kabāb cooked meat in small pieces) (possibly from Aramaic kabbābā burning, charring) (from kabbeb to char, roast) (probably from Akkadian kabābu to burn kbb1 in Semitic roots)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition