a crumb of bread, either dried or soft.

1760–70; bread + crumb Unabridged
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breadcrumb (ˈbrɛdˌkrʌm)
1.  the soft inner part of bread
2.  (plural) bread crumbled into small fragments, as for use in cooking
3.  to coat (food) with breadcrumbs: egg and breadcrumb the escalopes

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breadcrumbs definition

(After the story "Hansel and Gretel" by the Brothers Grimm).
1. Links displayed across the top of a web page listing the most recently visited pages so the reader can quickly jump back to one. Since this function is provided by the web browser, breadcrumbs are a waste of space.
A better use of the space is to display links to the page's logical parent pages in the information hierarchy.
2. Information output by statements inserted into a program for debugging by printf.
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