hush-puppy

hush puppy

noun Chiefly Southern U.S.
a small, unsweetened cake or ball of cornmeal dough fried in deep fat.

Origin:
1915–20, Americanism; allegedly so called because such cakes were fed to dogs to keep them from begging for scraps while other dishes were cooked

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