- marchpane (obsolete)
Borrowed from German Marzipan, from Italian marzapane. The German -i- is probably due to a reinterpretation as Latin Mārcī pānis (“Mark's bread”). Further origin uncertain, but now thought to be derived from Martaban, in Burmese မုတ္ထမ (muthta.ma.), a Burmese port known for its spice exports, through Arabic مَرْطَبَان (marṭabān, “spice box”), and with influence of pane (“bread”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌmɑːzɪˈpæn/, /ˈmɑːzɪpæn/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈmɑɹzəpæn/, /ˈmɑɹtsəpɑn/, /ˈmɑɹtsəpæn/
- Rhymes: -æn
- (transitive) To cover with marzipan.
a marzipanned cake