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breadcrumb

[bred-kruhm] /ˈbrɛdˌkrʌm/
noun
1.
a crumb of bread, either dried or soft.
2.
Usually, breadcrumbs.Also called breadcrumb trail. Digital Technology. a sequence of text links on the current page of a website or web-based application, usually at the top, showing the page's location within a hierarchy of content or browsing history and providing a convenient navigational tool:
Online shoppers can use breadcrumbs to see other products in the same category.
Origin of breadcrumb
1760-1770
First recorded in 1760-70; bread + crumb
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Examples from the Web for breadcrumb
Historical Examples
  • At that, I hold no brief for the pheasant—except when served with breadcrumb dressing and currant jelly he is no friend of mine.

    Europe Revised Irvin S. Cobb
  • When quite cool and firm, divide in six parts, giving each the shape of a small cutlet; egg and breadcrumb twice.

  • Be careful to save the vegetable that you scoop out and mix it with the curry and breadcrumb mixture.

    The Khaki Kook Book Mary Kennedy Core
  • When syrup has reached the stage that it forms a hard ball in water, pour over the breadcrumb mixture.

    The Khaki Kook Book Mary Kennedy Core
  • When cold, roll it into large boudins the shape of sausages, egg and breadcrumb, and fry.

    Dressed Game and Poultry la Mode Harriet A. de Salis
  • Egg and breadcrumb them, dip them in clarified butter, and fry a pale gold colour, and serve on a border of mashed potatoes.

    Dressed Game and Poultry la Mode Harriet A. de Salis
  • Take them up, drain, and let them get cold; then egg and breadcrumb them, and fry them in hot butter a nice pale colour.

    Dressed Game and Poultry la Mode Harriet A. de Salis
  • Blanch and braize as above, and when cold egg and breadcrumb and sautez in butter.

  • To egg and breadcrumb fish put a slice into seasoned flour, turning it so that both sides may be covered.

    The Story of Crisco Marion Harris Neil
  • Shape into cutlets, dip in egg and breadcrumb, and fry a nice brown.

British Dictionary definitions for breadcrumb

breadcrumb

/ˈbrɛdˌkrʌm/
noun
1.
the soft inner part of bread
2.
(pl) bread crumbled into small fragments, as for use in cooking
verb (transitive)
3.
to coat (food) with breadcrumbs: egg and breadcrumb the escalopes
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