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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Beef or chicken intestine that is stuffed with a seasoned mixture of matzo meal or flour, onion, and suet and is prepared by boiling and roasting.
  • noun Informal The abdomen or guts.

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  • noun A dish made from stuffed intestine.
  • noun informal, often plural Intestines, guts.

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  • noun (Judaism) roasted fowl intestines with a seasoned filling of matzo meal and suet

Etymologies

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

[Yiddish, from Russian kishka, intestine; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.]

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1935–40. From Yiddish קישקע (kishke), from Slavic—Polish kiszka, Russian кишка (kíška), or Ukrainian кишка (kýška). Ultimately from Proto-Slavic *kyša, *kyšьka (“intestine, stomach”). Related to Sanskrit कोष्ठ (koṣṭha, "intestine") and possibly Ancient Greek κύστις (kustis, "bladder").

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