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Main Entry: omˇelet
Variant(s): also omˇelette /primarystressäm-(schwa-)lschwat/
Function: noun
Etymology: from French omelette "omelet," derived from early French amelette, alemette, altered forms of alemelle "omelet," literally, "knife blade, thin plate," derived from la lemelle (same meaning), derived from Latin lamella "a small thin metal plate," from lamina "a thin plate"
: beaten eggs cooked without stirring and served folded in half
Word History Because of various spelling changes, the word omelet does not look much like its Latin source lamina. From lamina, meaning "a thin plate," the Romans formed lamella, meaning "a small thin metal plate." This word was borrowed into early French as la lemelle, literally meaning "the blade of a sword or knife." During its history in French, the word changed in spelling to l'alemelle and alumelle and then to alemette. Alemette took on the added meaning of "beaten eggs fried until set without stirring," probably because of the thin flat shape. Alemette became amelette and finally omelette in modern French. In the 17th century the word was taken into English both as omelette and in the shorter form omelet.

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