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International Thesaurus of Crisps and Chips.

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Crisp Table

The definition of a crisp for the purpose of this table is that of the British English definition of "a fried thin slice of potato, usually eaten cold from a packet." [NSOED]

 

Word Language: Country Etymology Notes/sources
(Potato) Crisps English: UK Latin: crispus
(Potato) Chips English: US Latin: cippus (See entry for Chips (UK))
Chips Various: Netherlands, Germany, Sweden US-English Lit: Thin piece or slice
(Pommes) Chips French: France US-English
Patatine Fritte Italian: Italy
Patatas Fritas (a la Inglesa), Chips Spanish: Spain Lit: (English) Fried Potatoes
Batatas Fritas (de pacote) Portuguese: Portugal
(炸)土豆片()
(zh)tŭdupin(r)
Mandarin: China Lit: (fried) potato piece

k
patatakia

Greek: Greece, Cyprus

 

Chip Table

The definition of a chip for the purpose of this table is that of the British English definition of "a (usually oblong) piece of potato fried or for frying." [NSOED]

 

Word Language: Country Etymology Notes
(Potato) Chips English: UK Latin: cippus. Old English: forcippian (to cut off), Middle and Modern Low German / Dutch: kippen (to hatch by chipping the shell). Lit: Thin piece or slice
(Pommes) Frites French: France Latin: frigere
(French) Fries English: US French: frire (to fry) Early C20. Generic term Fry to mean a fried thing since Mid C17.
Pommes (Frites) German: Germany French Lit: Fried Potatoes
Pommes Frites Swedish: Sweden French Lit: Fried Potatoes
Patatina Fritta Italian: Italy Lit: Fried Potatoes
Patatas Fritas Spanish: Spain Lit: Fried Potatoes
Batatas Fritas (em palitos) Portuguese: Portugal
(Patates) Frites, Patats, Patatjes, Frieten Dutch: Netherlands Spanish: patata; French: frites
炸薯条 / 炸薯條
zhshŭj
Mandarin: China Lit: Fried potato strip


tiganites patates

Greek: Greece, Cyprus   Lit: fried potatos

Potato Etymology

Potato from Spanish Patata, variant of Spanish Batata from the Taino (Arawak people of Antilles and Bahamas.)

Sources and Experts

Please note, brand names are not included here unless they have become generic terms.


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