1. Music An embellishment consisting of a rapid run of several notes sung to one syllable.
a. A slice of meat rolled around a filling and cooked.
b. Any of various other dishes in which a flexible base layer is rolled up together with a soft filling.
[French, from rouler, to roll, from Old French roler; see ROLL.]
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