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simnel cake

[sim-nl] /ˈsɪm nl/
noun, Chiefly British.
any of several kinds of rich fruitcake covered with almond paste.
Origin of simnel cake
1830-40; simnel, Middle English simenel < Old French, ultimately < Latin simila or Greek semídālis fine flour Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for simnel-cake

simnel cake

(Brit) a fruit cake containing a layer of marzipan, often coloured with saffron and topped with marzipan, traditionally eaten at Lent or Easter
Word Origin
C13 simenel, from Old French, from Latin simila fine flour, probably of Semitic origin; related to Greek semidalis fine flour
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