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)



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  • Potato pancakes, latkes or latkas (Yiddish: ל�?ַטקעס), are shallow-fried cakes of grated potato and egg, often flavoured with grated onion. They are a popular food at Hanukkah.

    February 19, 2008