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biscuit

bis·cuit

biscuit

 
pronunciation:
bI skiht
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part of speech: noun
inflections: biscuit, biscuits
definition 1: an unsweetened bread in the shape of a small cake, made with a generous amount of shortening and leavened with baking powder or baking soda instead of yeast.
These biscuits are delicious with sausage gravy.
definition 2: (chiefly British) a small, thin, crisp, sweet cake baked from stiff dough.
similar words:
cookie
definition 3: clay or porcelain that has been fired but not glazed. (See bisque2.)
definition 4: (chiefly British) a small, thin, crisp, plain or savory cake; cracker.
cheese and biscuits
Word History
Biscuit comes from bescuit, an early French word that means "twice-cooked." In the English spoken in Great Britain, the word biscuit means cracker or cookie. Something that is cooked twice is hard and crisp, as crackers are.
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