zwieback

zwieback

[zwahy-bak, -bahk, zwee-, swahy-, swee-; German tsvee-bahk]
noun
a special egg bread made into rusks.

Origin:
1890–95, Americanism; < German: twice-baked, equivalent to zwie twice + backen to bake. See twi-, bake; cf. biscuit

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zwieback (ˈzwaɪˌbæk, ˈzwiː-, German ˈtsviːbak)
 
n
a small type of rusk, which has been baked first as a loaf, then sliced and toasted, usually bought ready-made
 
[German: twice-baked]

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zwieback
1894, from Ger. Zweiback "biscuit," lit. "twice-baked," from zwei "two, twice" + backen "to bake;" loan-transl. of It. biscotto (see biscuit).
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