hard-tack

hardtack

[hahrd-tak]
noun
a hard, saltless biscuit, formerly much used aboard ships and for army rations.
Also called pilot biscuit, pilot bread, ship biscuit, ship bread.


Origin:
1830–40; hard + tack2

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hardtack (ˈhɑːdˌtæk)
 
n
pilot biscuit, ship's biscuit, Also called: sea biscuit a kind of hard saltless biscuit, formerly eaten esp by sailors as a staple aboard ship

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hardtack
1836, "ship's biscuit," from hard + tack (3); soft-tack was "bread."
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