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In Britain this has become to mean a selection of Greek/Turkish appetisers that can be taken as a full meal in restaurants serving the food of those countries. But in the Eastern Mediterranean they are "something to eat at any time of the day". In its most rudimentary form, this could consist of feta with olives - but any snack-like food could be part of it. (plural mezédes). Typical examples are dishes such as 'dolma', 'falafel', small 'kebab', and 'Taramasalata'.

The name is derived from the Persian 'maza', meaning to taste or relish.

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