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  • n. An assortment of hors d’oeuvres


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Russian закуска (appetizer).


  • In poor families the zakuska is simple, consisting usually of pickled suckling pig or fish.

    Katrinka: The Story of a Russian Child

  • There, after we had partaken of the national "zakuska" preceded by a nip of vodka, he presided, sitting in the centre of the long table with General Pau, the senior foreign officer, generally on his right, and one of the other foreign officers taken by rote, or else a visitor, on his left.

    Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918

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    ea13: Thanx for breakfast Mel!

  • It was just the moment before a big dinner when the assembled guests, expecting the summons to zakuska, * avoid engaging in any long conversation but think it necessary to move about and talk, in order to show that they are not at all impatient for their food.

    War and Peace

  • The Russian zakuska consists of highly seasoned food served on the daintiest china the house affords, and eaten standing before the regular meal begins.

    Katrinka: The Story of a Russian Child

  • They dined with open windows, taking a zakuska in the Russian fashion in lieu of hors d'oeuvre, and nibbling at smoked fish, caviar and other pickled mysteries.

    Aladdin of London or, Lodestar

  • All sorts of delightful foreign species and sub-species may now be bad for cash or (if one is lucky) credit -- such as bomboudiac, angelica, piperazine, zakuska, shalloofs and pampooties.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, April 15, 1914

  • He always arrived in his tarantass just in time for the zakuska -- the appetising collation that is served shortly before dinner -- grunted out


  • Russian cuisine features an endless number of zakuska recipes, and they run the gamut ...

    Random feeds from

  • One of the men had just finished a lengthy toast, after which they’d all clinked their glasses and downed the contents before reaching for the zakuska—hors d’oeuvres said to bring out the flavor of the vodka.



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