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rusk

[ruhsk] /rʌsk/
noun
1.
a slice of sweet raised bread dried and baked again in the oven; zwieback.
2.
light, soft, sweetened biscuit.
Origin of rusk
1585-1595
1585-95; alteration Spanish or Portuguese rosca twist of bread, literally, screw

Rusk

[ruhsk] /rʌsk/
noun
1.
(David) Dean, 1909–94, U.S. statesman: secretary of state 1961–69.
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  • The yeast, &c., in the rusk will cause it to puff up very light.

  • The little girl knew Maslova, and when she saw her face and the rusk she let her take her.

    Resurrection Leo Tolstoy
  • He was drinking a cup of thick, syrupy coffee, and soaking a rusk in it.

    The Golden Silence C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • Mrs. rusk was fond of assuring me that Madame 'did not like a bone in my skin.'

    Uncle Silas J. S. LeFanu
  • Shortly after I heard his man, Ridley, talking with Mrs. rusk in the gallery.

    Uncle Silas J. S. LeFanu
  • One day Mrs. rusk was in the oak-room, I being then about fourteen.

    Uncle Silas J. S. LeFanu
  • I also heard Mrs. rusk, in a minute or two more, emerge I suppose from the study.

    Uncle Silas J. S. LeFanu
  • I met Mrs. rusk bustling along the passage with a housemaid.

    Uncle Silas J. S. LeFanu
  • And Mrs. rusk sat down and laughed heartily, ending with a crow of derision.

    Uncle Silas J. S. LeFanu
  • Mrs. rusk, law bless you, she's no more meaning in what she says than the child unborn.'

    Uncle Silas J. S. LeFanu
British Dictionary definitions for rusk

rusk

/rʌsk/
noun
1.
a light bread dough, sweet or plain, baked twice until it is brown, hard, and crisp: often given to babies
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish or Portuguese rosca screw, bread shaped in a twist, of unknown origin

Rusk

/rʌsk/
noun
1.
(David) Dean. 1909–94, US statesman: secretary of state (1961–69). He defended US military involvement in Vietnam and opposed recognition of communist China
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Word Origin and History for rusk
n.

"light, crisp bits of bread or biscuit," 1590s, from Spanish or Portuguese rosca "roll, twist of bread," literally "coil, anything round and spiral," of unknown origin, perhaps from a pre-Latin Iberian word.

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