from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a Russian soup usually containing beet juice as a foundation, and often served with sour cream. Also, as used in the U.S., a sour cabbage soup, called in Russian shchi.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of borscht.

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  • noun a Russian or Polish soup usually containing beet juice as a foundation


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  • I am encouraged to hold my ground because you could have asked a Russian 20 days ago what he knew about Russia and the next morning his answer would have been very cold bortsch indeed.

    A Two Way Iron Curtain 1956

  • Russian music tastes of _kascha_ and _bortsch_ and vodka.

    The Merry-Go-Round Carl Van Vechten 1922

  • Sylvia Strubble, who spoke rather as one who knew every individual member of the Russian imperial family; as a matter of fact, she knew a newspaper correspondent, a young man who ate _bortsch_ with the air of having invented it.

    Beasts and Super-Beasts 1870-1916 Saki 1893

  • Except in Lent all the houses smelt of _bortsch_, and during Lent of sturgeon fried in sunflower oil.

    The House with the Mezzanine and Other Stories Anton Pavlovich Chekhov 1882

  • "Sound immediately-like when you open a music box, it's there." bortsch at this point. 2008


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