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The word used by non-American and many American Jews for stuffed cabbage is 'holishkes'. There are a few variations.

But I heard someone use a word that sounds like 'hole-up-tious'. I cheched numerous spellings such as holupzes, cholupzes, etc., but could not find anything.

I am assuming it is an American word used only in English because this family have been in the US for over eight generations (originally from Russia — but it is not a Russian-Jewish word).

Has anyone ever heard it before? There was one reference that looked similar in sound but it was quite obscure. I am wondering whether this is a regional word from a small group of Jews in NY, or perhaps just a family word.

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The word is "holiptshes". This article gives a lot of the etymological background.

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