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johnnycake

or johnny cake

[jon-ee-keyk] /ˈdʒɒn iˌkeɪk/
noun, Northern U.S.
1.
a cake or bread made of corn meal and water or milk, usually cooked on a griddle.
Origin of johnnycake
1730-1740
1730-40, Americanism; probably by folk etymology from earlier jonakin, of obscure origin
Regional variation note
See pancake.
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n.

1739, American English, of unknown origin, perhaps from Shawnee cake, from the Indian tribe. Folk etymology since 1775, however, connects it to journey cake.

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