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

  • n. A Greek dish consisting of layers of ground lamb or beef and sliced eggplant topped with a cheese sauce and baked.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a dish consisting of layers of minced lamb or beef, sliced aubergine (eggplant) or potatoes, tomatoes and béchamel sauce, baked in the oven

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

  • n. casserole of eggplant and ground lamb with onion and tomatoes bound with white sauce and beaten eggs

Etymologies

Serbo-Croatian, from Turkish mussakka, from colloquial Egyptian Arabic musaqqa'a, chilled, moussaka, feminine passive participle of saqqa'a, to chill, variant of ṣaqqa'a, from ṣaq'a, cold, frost, from ṣaqi'a, to be white; see ṣqʿ in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Greek μουσακάς (mousakâs), from Turkish musakka, from Arabic مسقعة‎ (musáqqaʕa, "chilled"). (Wiktionary)

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