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[souuh r-doh, sou-er-] /ˈsaʊərˌdoʊ, ˈsaʊ ər-/
leaven, especially fermented dough retained from one baking and used, rather than fresh yeast, to start the next.
a prospector or pioneer, especially in Alaska or Canada.
any longtime resident, especially in Alaska or Canada.
leavened with sourdough:
sourdough bread.
Origin of sourdough
1275-1325; Middle English; see sour, dough Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sourdough
  • Bacteria, yeast to be specific, is what makes bread rise and gives sourdough's their taste.
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  • Start off your meal with the tossed house salad, a bowl of seafood bisque or a serving of hot crab dip with sourdough bread.
  • Serve on sourdough buns with lettuce, tomato and onion.
British Dictionary definitions for sourdough


(dialect) (of bread) made with fermented dough used as a leaven
(in Western US, Canada, and Alaska) an old-time prospector or pioneer
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Word Origin and History for sourdough

early 14c., "leavened bread," also "leaven" (late 14c.), from sour (adj.) + dough. Meaning "fermented dough" is from 1868. The meaning "Arctic prospector or pioneer" is from 1898 Yukon gold rush, from the practice of saving a lump of fermented dough as leaven for raising bread baked during the winter.

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