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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A beet soup served hot or cold, usually with sour cream.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A beetroot/beet soup that can be served hot or cold, usually with sour cream.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

Yiddish borsht, from Russian borshch, cow parsnip (the original base of the soup), borscht.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1884 or 1808. Yiddish באָרשט (borsht), from Russian or Ukrainian борщ (boršč). (Wiktionary)

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