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Pronunciation: /ˈdɒlmə

Definition of dolma in English:

noun (plural dolmas or dolmades /-ˈmɑːdɛz, -ˈmɑːðɛz/)

A dish consisting of ingredients such as meat and spiced rice wrapped in vine or cabbage leaves, popular in the Balkans, the Caucasus, and the eastern Mediterranean.
Example sentences
  • To start I ordered the Greek dolmades (vine leaves) stuffed with rice, lamb, pork, mint and dill and served with lemon juice for €9.
  • To me, they're preferable to Greek dolmades (rice and grape leaf rolls).
  • There's also a host of other traditional Greek dishes, like dolmades (grape leaves wrapped around rice), gyros (a type of donair) and spanikopita.


late 19th century: from modern Greek ntolmas or its source, Turkish dolma, from dolmak 'fill, be filled'.

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