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Zopf bread (2)


From Middle High German zopf, from Old High German zoph (lock), from Proto-Germanic *tuppaz (braid, pigtail, end), from Proto-Indo-European *dumb- (tail, rod, staff, penis). Cognate to German Topp, Dutch top, English top.


  • IPA(key): /t͡sɔpf/, [tsɔpf], [tsɔpɸ]
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Zopf m (genitive Zopfes or Zopfs, plural Zöpfe)

  1. plait; pigtail; ponytail (any long bundle of hair, braided or not)
  2. (baking) A plait-shaped bread made from white flour, milk, eggs, butter and yeast.
    Hyponyms: Hefezopf, Mohnzopf
    Coordinate term: Brioche

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  • Some speakers may consider it more correct to include only braided plaits in the term, but this is by no means the general rule.


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