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[hoh-keyk] /ˈhoʊˌkeɪk/
noun, South Midland and Southern U.S.
an unleavened cake made with flour or corn meal: originally baked on a hoe but now usually cooked on a griddle.
Origin of hoecake
An Americanism dating back to 1735-45; hoe + cake
Regional variation note
See pancake. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • At the fire-place a negro woman was frying meat and baking a hoe-cake.

    The Jucklins Opie Read
  • The hoe-cake was produced and partaken of ravenously and thankfully.

    Sword and Pen

    John Algernon Owens
  • Only one step above this class, another order is found on a hoe-cake.

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • hoe-cake, a cake of Indian meal baked on a hoe or before the fire.

  • In this way the hoe-cake is baked in one, while the bacon is fried in the other.

  • hoe-cake ain't cook done good twel hit's turnt over a couple er times.

    Nights With Uncle Remus Joel Chandler Harris
  • But he was awakened by whispers letting out that in the fire ashes a hoe-cake was baking.

    The Lincoln Story Book Henry L. Williams
  • So they managed to make coffee, fry slices of side-meat, and bake a hoe-cake of Indian-corn meal.

    The Boy Settlers

    Noah Brooks
  • She had dinner prepared for cooking in the yard: sweet potatoes, hoe-cake, and buttermilk, and a hog to be barbecued.

  • hoe-cake and pinders (anglicè, peanuts) formed their only repast, which they found sufficiently luxurious under the circumstances.

    Sword and Pen

    John Algernon Owens
Word Origin and History for hoe-cake

1745, American English, said to be so called because it originally was baked on the broad thin blade of a cotton-field hoe (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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