Definition of halva in English:

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halva

Pronunciation: /ˈhalvə/
/ˈhalvɑː/
(also halvah)

noun

[mass noun]
A Middle Eastern sweet made of sesame flour and honey.
Example sentences
  • The results run from simple brittle and toffee type sweets through halva, barfi, and sandesh, to the family of confections based on rasgullas.
  • A favorite Palestinian candy is halvah, a sweet nougat made of sesame seeds and honey.
  • Finally, ‘sweetmeats’ like halva and burfi can often round off a festive meal.

Origin

Yiddish, or from Turkish helva, from Arabic and Persian ḥalwā 'sweetmeat'.

Words that rhyme with halva

salver, salvor

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