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One entry found for biscuit.
Main Entry: bis·cuit
Pronunciation: primarystressbis-kschwat
Function: noun
Inflected Form(s): plural biscuits also biscuit
Etymology: Middle English bisquite "biscuit," from early French bescuit (same meaning), from earlier pain bescuit "bread twice-cooked"
1 : a crisp flat baked product; especially British : CRACKER 2
2 : a small light bread made with baking powder or baking soda
Word History Long ago it was often a great problem to keep food from spoiling, especially on long journeys. One way to preserve the flat loaves of bread made then was to bake them a second time in order to dry them out. In early French, this bread was known as pain bescuit or "bread twice-cooked." Later the term came to be shortened to just bescuit. The idea of being "twice-cooked" was lost as the term was used for any crisp, dry, flat bread product or for a type of bread made with baking soda or baking powder instead of yeast. The word was borrowed into Middle English as bisquite but later came to be spelled biscuit on the model of the French spelling.

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