A piece of dough stuffed with potato, meat, or cheese and baked or fried.
[Yiddish, from Ukrainian knysh and Polish, knysz (Ukranian, from Polish) : dialectal Polish kien, kn-, trunk, stump, bole (akin to Lithuanian kunas, body) + Polish -ysz, n. suff.]
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