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shortcake

[shawrt-keyk] /ˈʃɔrtˌkeɪk/
noun
1.
a cake made with a relatively large amount of butter or other shortening.
2.
a dessert made of short, sometimes sweetened, biscuit dough baked or split in layers, with a filling or topping of strawberries or other fruit.
Origin
1585-1595
1585-95; short + cake
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British Dictionary definitions for short cake

shortcake

/ˈʃɔːtˌkeɪk/
noun
1.
a kind of shortbread made from a rich biscuit dough
2.
a dessert made of layers of shortcake filled with fruit and cream
Word Origin
C16: from short (in the sense: crumbly)
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Word Origin and History for short cake

shortcake

n.

also short-cake, 1590s, from short (see shortening) + cake (n.).

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