August 28, 2012
marzipan (noun)
\MAHR-zuh-pan\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a candy or icing of almond paste, sugar, and whites of eggs
How do you use it?
Soft marzipan is usually used as a filling for pastries and candies, while firmer marzipan can be molded into fanciful shapes and eaten on its own.
Are you a word wiz?

English got "marzipan" from German, but the word actually comes from another language. Which of the following do you think it is?

"Marzipan" is originally an Italian word (though it's been used in English since the mid-1500s) but each of the other languages we've listed above has contributed words that will interest anyone with a sweet tooth. "Praline," which refers to a candy made of nuts in boiled brown sugar or maple sugar, is originally a French word, though it's been used in English since the early 1700s. "Caramel," which dates to the mid-1600s, traces back to a Latin word meaning "small reed." And "candy" has been an English word since the 1400s, but it comes from an Arabic word meaning "crystallized sugar."
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