One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A spiced biscuit with a soft, chewy texture, typically containing ground nuts and citrus peel and covered with a glaze.
- ‘It was a small cake, some kind of lebkuchen.’
- ‘There is a very good German bakery in Edinburgh, but his lebkuchen are very expensive, and I have to feed about 20 people.’
- ‘His lebkuchen slipped from his fingers and shattered on the floor.’
German Lebkuchen, from Kuchen ‘cake’; the origin of the first element is uncertain.
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