from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A confection made of ground almonds or almond paste, egg whites, and sugar, often molded into decorative shapes.
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- n. A confection of almond paste, sugar and egg white.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A confection made of almonds and sugar mixed into a paste and molded into shapes. Same as marchpane
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. almond paste and egg whites
German, from Italian marzapane, container of a standard size, marzipan, from obsolete Italian, fine box for rare coins or comfits, perhaps from Arabic mawṯabān, king on the throne, Byzantine coin with enthroned Christ figure, perhaps from Aramaic mawtəbā, mawtəbānā, seat, throne, from yəteb, to sit; see wṯb in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
German Marzipan, earlier marcipan, a misinterpretation of Italian marzapane (as if from Latin Marci panis "Mark's bread"), now thought originally to come from Martaban (မုတ္ထမ), a Burmese port known for its spice exports. (Wiktionary)