A sweet spread or pastry filling made of prunes or apricots.
[Hungarian lekvár, jam, from Slovak, from Czech lektvar, electuary, from Middle High German lactwārje, latwērge, from Old French leituaire, from Late Latin ēlēctuārium, electuary; see ELECTUARY.]
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