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|part of speech:
||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.
||(chiefly British) a small, thin, crisp, sweet cake baked from stiff dough.
- similar words:
||clay or porcelain that has been fired but not glazed. (See bisque2.)
||(chiefly British) a small, thin, crisp, plain or savory cake; cracker.
cheese and biscuits
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.