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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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  • Ye'll find a haunch of venison in the cupboard that I roasted to-day, and some johnnycake; I doubt ef either be cold.

    Holiday Tales

    W. H. H. Murray
  • I guess my coffees biled sufficient, and Im about to fry me a mess of bacon and johnnycake.

  • He was a tremendous big feller, said MGraw, heaping a tin plate with johnnycake and pouring bacon grease over it.

  • The steaks were capital; and as for the johnnycake, nobody in all Benton Valley could beat aunt Judith at that sort of thing.

    Winter Fun William O. Stoddard

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