from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A chewy, usually honey-flavored Christmas cookie containing nuts and candied fruits.
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- n. A traditional German Christmas biscuit form of gingerbread.
German, from Middle High German lebekuoche : lebe-, of unknown meaning + kuoche, cake; see kuchen.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
See German Kuchen ("cake"). The origin of the first component is uncertain: it might come from Latin libum ("flat bread") or Germanic Laib, loaf, or Leb-Honig, crystallized honey often used in baking. (Wiktionary)