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simnel cake

[sim-nl]
noun Chiefly British.
any of several kinds of rich fruitcake covered with almond paste.

Origin:
1830–40; simnel, Middle English simenel < Old French, ultimately < Latin simila or Greek semídālis fine flour

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

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