Etymology
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latke (n.)

"pancake made with grated potatoes," 1925, American English, from Yiddish, from Russian latka "pastry," said to mean literally "a patch," but by Watkins traced to Greek elaia "olive."

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Definitions of latke

latke (n.)
made of grated potato and egg with a little flour;
Synonyms: potato pancake
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