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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: From a Scandinavian language; related to Norwegian flak 'disk'

flake

1 noun
     
flake1 [countable]
1 a small thin piece that breaks away easily from something else
flake of
flakes of snow
chocolate flakes
snowflake
2 American English informal someone who seems strange or who often forgets things [= space cadet]

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