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hardtack

[hahrd-tak] /ˈhɑrdˌtæk/
noun
1.
a hard, saltless biscuit, formerly much used aboard ships and for army rations.
Also called pilot biscuit, pilot bread, ship biscuit, ship bread.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40; hard + tack2

ship biscuit

noun
1.
Also, ship bread.
Origin
1790-1800
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hardtack

/ˈhɑːdˌtæk/
noun
1.
a kind of hard saltless biscuit, formerly eaten esp by sailors as a staple aboard ship Also called pilot biscuit, ship's biscuit, sea biscuit
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Word Origin and History for ship bread

hardtack

n.

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

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