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a crisp unleavened biscuit
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C19: perhaps named after Dr. John Abernethy (1764–1831), English surgeon interested in diet
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  • The position of abernethy was always easy and natural, sometimes almost homely.

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • The late Duke of York is reported to have once consulted abernethy.

    The Jest Book Mark Lemon
  • abernethy was very careful not to take fees from patients if he suspected them to be in indigent circumstances.

    A Book about Doctors John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • It was on the right in front of Sergeant abernethy's skirmishers.

    Recollections with the Third Iowa Regiment Seymour D. (Seymour Dwight) Thompson
  • He pointed to the heap of abernethy biscuits, on the top of which lay a sixpence.

    The Cock-House at Fellsgarth Talbot Baines Reed
  • This is the island later known as "Governor's" or "abernethy" Island.

    Dr. John McLoughlin, the Father of Oregon Frederick Van Voorhies Holman
  • The students actually roared with laughter, but abernethy retained his usual gravity throughout the whole of the ludicrous scene.

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • People compared him to abernethy, whereby he was secretly flattered.

    In the Days of My Youth Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards
  • Admiring abernethy more than any of his teachers, his opinions were naturally colored by the views of this eccentric Englishman.

    Pioneer Surgery in Kentucky David W. Yandell
  • Here the speaker was interrupted by the appearance of Captain abernethy.

    The Pilots of Pomona Robert Leighton

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