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[seed-keyk] /ˈsidˌkeɪk/
a sweet cake containing aromatic seeds, usually caraway.
Origin of seedcake
First recorded in 1565-75; seed + cake Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • But it was ginger-ale and seed-cake compared to having to tell Father, which was what it came to in the end.

    New Treasure Seekers E. (Edith) Nesbit
  • For a good man's head is not like a seed-cake that passes in the using.

  • The Duke of Pemberwell gasped, and nearly choked on his seed-cake.

    The Tigress Anne Warner
  • When Nina sat up again her seed-cake was gone and the duke was chuckling.

    The Tigress Anne Warner
  • Her husband shakes his head; and further adds, that they had seed-cake instead of plum-cake, and that it was all white wine.

    Sketches by Boz Charles Dickens
  • Many people despise sandwiches and milk out of beer-bottles and bananas and seed-cake.

    Jeremy Hugh Walpole
  • Her mother had brought her a piece of seed-cake and a cup of milk with the cream on it.

  • She took a chair near him, and breaking a seed-cake began eating it.

  • Even Aunt Hannah had evident misgivings, and had put a seed-cake in his trunk.

    The Open Question Elizabeth Robins
  • She had given young Lucretia's head a hard pat when she bestowed the seed-cake, and bade her eat it and go right to sleep.

British Dictionary definitions for seed-cake


a sweet cake flavoured with caraway seeds and lemon rind or essence
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for seed-cake

1570s, from seed (n.) + cake (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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