hagelslag

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch hagelslach (severe hailstorm). Equivalent to hagel (hail) +‎ slag (blow, hit). As a term for a type of sweet, it originally referred to elongated white aniseed sprinkles as they were thought to resemble falling hail; this sense was subsequently widened as other varieties entered the market.[1]

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɦaː.ɣəlˌslɑx/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: ha‧gel‧slag

NounEdit

hagelslag m (uncountable)

  1. hundreds and thousands, sprinkles (elongated and often made of chocolate); jimmies [from early 20th c.]
    Synonyms: hagel, hagelkorrel, muizenstrontjes
  2. hailstorm, particularly a severe one

Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ van der Sijs, Nicoline, editor (2010) Etymologiebank[1], Meertens Institute