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[ban-uh k] /ˈbæn ək/
noun, Scottish and British Cookery.
a flat cake made of oatmeal, barley meal, etc., usually baked on a griddle.
Origin of bannock
before 1000; Middle English bannok, Old English bannuc morsel < British Celtic; compare Scots Gaelic bannach


[ban-uh k] /ˈbæn ək/
noun, plural Bannocks (especially collectively) Bannock for 1.
a member of a North American Indian people formerly of Idaho and Wyoming who merged with the Shoshone in the 19th century, now living primarily in southeastern Idaho.
the language of the Bannock, belonging to the Shoshonean group of Uto-Aztecan languages. Unabridged
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  • She said: "I will have half of the bannock with your blessing, mother."

  • A Januar' haddock, a Februar' bannock, and a March pint o' ale.

    The Proverbs of Scotland Alexander Hislop
  • I hired a cook, for his board and passage, and returned to bannock without accident.

    Then and Now Robert Vaughn
  • Some is over at bannock's woods and the other near Townley church.

    Young Captain Jack Horatio Alger and Arthur M. Winfield
  • Mary Muskrat was one of the bannock girls in the mission school.

    Trail Tales James David Gillilan
  • He stopped and asked for a cup of milk and a bit of bannock.

    Norman Vallery W.H.G. Kingston
  • Them banks is as soft as an Injun bannock half baked; and there ain't no foothold for hosses.

  • Do you know about the spoiled pork and bannock and mosquitoes?

    On the Edge of the Arctic Harry Lincoln Sayler
British Dictionary definitions for bannock


a round flat unsweetened cake originating in Scotland, made from oatmeal or barley and baked on a griddle
Word Origin
Old English bannuc; of Celtic origin; compare Gaelic bannach, Cornish banna a drop, bit; perhaps related to Latin pānicium, from pānis bread
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Word Origin and History for bannock

"thick flat cake," Old English bannuc "a bit, small piece," from Gaelic bannach "a cake," perhaps a loan from Latin panicium, from panis "bread" (see food).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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