Pronunciation: [zuh-KOOS-kuh; zuh-KOOS-kee]

pl. A Russian hors d'oeuvre, which could include any of a variety of foods such as anchovies, blinis, caviar, cheeses, fish, oysters and fish- or meat-filled pastries. A zakuska assortment is generally served with bottles of ice-cold vodka.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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