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biscuit

[bis-kit] /ˈbɪs kɪt/
noun
1.
a kind of bread in small, soft cakes, raised with baking powder or soda, or sometimes with yeast.
2.
Chiefly British.
  1. a dry and crisp or hard bread in thin, flat cakes, made without yeast or other raising agent; a cracker.
  2. a cookie.
3.
a pale-brown color.
4.
Also called bisque. Ceramics. unglazed earthenware or porcelain after firing.
5.
Also called preform. a piece of plastic or the like, prepared for pressing into a phonograph record.
adjective
6.
having the color biscuit.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English bysquyte < Middle French biscuit (Medieval Latin biscoctus), variant of bescuit seamen's bread, literally, twice cooked, equivalent to bes bis1 + cuit, past participle of cuire < Latin coquere to cook1
Related forms
biscuitlike, adjective

biscuit

[bees-kwee] /bisˈkwi/
noun, French.
1.
a cookie or cracker.
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Examples for biscuit
  • It's so big that its sweet biscuit topping has to be stirred with canoe paddles.
  • Set a cookie or biscuit cutter in a medium bowl, then set mold on top.
  • One company wants to use it to test whether a biscuit can release a specific nutrient in the small intestine.
  • But they know that, once inside, you'll probably opt for a sausage biscuit anyway.
  • Make a hearty venison pot pie with vegetables, potatoes and a biscuit topping.
British Dictionary definitions for biscuit

biscuit

/ˈbɪskɪt/
noun
1.
(Brit) a small flat dry sweet or plain cake of many varieties, baked from a dough US and Canadian word cookie
2.
(US & Canadian) a kind of small roll similar to a muffin
3.
  1. a pale brown or yellowish-grey colour
  2. (as adjective) biscuit gloves
4.
Also called bisque. earthenware or porcelain that has been fired but not glazed
5.
(slang) take the biscuit, to be regarded (by the speaker) as the most surprising thing that could have occurred
Word Origin
C14: from Old French, from (pain) bescuit twice-cooked (bread), from besbis + cuire to cook, from Latin coquere
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Word Origin and History for biscuit
biscuit
respelled early 19c. from bisket (16c.), ultimately (early 14c.) from O.Fr. bescuit "twice cooked," altered under influence of cognate O.It. biscotto from M.L. biscoctum, from L. (panis) bis coctus "(bread) twice-baked;" see bis- + cook.
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Slang definitions & phrases for biscuit

biscuit

noun
  1. The buttocks; ass, buns (1930s+ Black)
  2. A small person; peanut (1980s+ Students)
  3. The human head: there's nuthin' but air in that biscuit
Related Terms

ground biscuit


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Encyclopedia Article for biscuit

in the United States, a small quick bread usually made from flour, salt, butter or vegetable shortening, and with baking powder as a leavening agent. The dough is kneaded briefly and rolled out, and the biscuits are cut with a round cutter. The dough may also be dropped by spoonfuls for an irregular shape. Biscuits are usually eaten hot with butter and fruit preserves, sausage gravy, or ham. They are especially associated with the American South. The dough for beaten biscuits, also a Southern specialty, is literally beaten with a mallet or other utensil for about 30 minutes to produce a fine texture. A sweetened biscuit dough is used for strawberry shortcake, a dessert of biscuits split and covered with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.

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