from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A pancake, especially one made of grated potato.
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- n. A pancake fried in oil, usually made from potatoes and sometimes also onions, traditionally served on Hanukkah.
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- n. made of grated potato and egg with a little flour
Yiddish, from Ukrainian oladka, from Old Russian, diminutive of olad'ya, from Greek eladia, pl. of eladion, little oily thing, diminutive of elaion, olive oil, from elaiā, olive.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Yiddish לאַטקע (latke), from either Russian латка ("pastry, patch"). (Wiktionary)