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

  • n. A large log traditionally burned in a fireplace at Christmas.

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  • n. Alternative form of Yule log.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.

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  • n. large log traditionally burned at Christmas


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  • A Yule log is a large log which is burned in the hearth as a part of traditional Yule or Christmas celebrations in some cultures. It can be a part of the Winter Solstice festival or the Twelve Days of Christmas, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, or Twelfth Night.

    The expression"Yule log" has also come to refer to log-shaped Christmas cakes, also known as "chocolate logs" or "Buche de Noel"


    February 11, 2008