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  • n. A typically crusty round bread roll supposedly invented in Vienna, made from flour, barm, malt, water, and salt, and whose characteristic feature is a five-spoked propeller- or pinwheel-like star on its obverse.


A calque of the German Kaisersemmel, from Kaiser ("emperor") + Semmel ("roll"), so named in honour of Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria. (Wiktionary)


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