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Kasha is an eastern European dish made from crushed buckwheat (the word is Russian). It is prepared in various ways: it can, for instance, be made into a thick gruel or porridge, or alternatively shaped into small pancakes. Fashion designers, always on the look-out for a novel colour term, appropriated kasha for a particular shade of beige: ‘She had an outfit made … in a new colour called “kasha”’ (Mary McCarthy, Memories of a Catholic Girlhood, 1957).

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink.

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