|1.||a sweetened usually cooked dessert made in many forms and of various ingredients, such as flour, milk, and eggs, with fruit, etc|
|2.||a savoury dish, usually soft and consisting partially of pastry or batter: steak-and-kidney pudding|
|3.||the dessert course in a meal|
|4.||a sausage-like mass of seasoned minced meat, oatmeal, etc, stuffed into a prepared skin or bag and boiled|
|[C13 poding; compare Old English puduc a wart, Low German puddek sausage]|
see proof of the pudding.
any of several foods whose common characteristic is a relatively soft, spongy, and thick texture. In the United States, puddings are nearly always sweet desserts of milk or fruit juice variously flavoured and thickened with cornstarch, arrowroot, flour, tapioca, rice, bread, or eggs. The rarer savoury puddings are thickened vegetable purees, souffle-like dishes, or like corn pudding, custards. Hasty pudding is a cornmeal mush
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