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[zwahy-bak, -bahk, zwee-, swahy-, swee-; German tsvee-bahk] /ˈzwaɪˌbæk, -ˌbɑk, ˈzwi-, ˈswaɪ-, ˈswi-; German ˈtsviˌbɑk/
a special egg bread made into rusks.
Origin of zwieback
1890-95, Americanism; < German: twice-baked, equivalent to zwie twice + backen to bake. See twi-, bake; cf. biscuit Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for zwieback
Historical Examples
  • Serve on slices of zwieback which have been dipped in hot water.

  • Lay slices of zwieback in a deep dish with salt and bits of butter.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins
  • Bread, cracker or zwieback crumbs may be substituted for potato or rice.

    The Laurel Health Cookery Evora Bucknum Perkins
  • When cold cut in slices, and toast in the same manner as zwieback.

  • A Russian-iron bread-pan holding one loaf is best for zwieback.

  • At end of 11th month add 1-2 pieces of stale bread, toast or zwieback.

    Dietetics for Nurses Fairfax T. Proudfit
  • He had a guinea-pig in a box, so delightful to observe that Elsmere forgot his desire for zwieback and became conversational.

    The Wide Awake Girls in Winsted

    Katharine Ellis Barrett
  • If zwieback are wanted, cut the biscuit in half when cold and set them in the oven to brown.

    The Golden Age Cook Book Henrietta Latham Dwight
  • The zwieback may be prepared in considerable quantity and kept on hand in readiness for use.

    Science in the Kitchen.

    Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
  • For the preparation of toasts, the zwieback must be first softened with some hot liquid, preferably thin cream.

    Science in the Kitchen.

    Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
British Dictionary definitions for zwieback


/ˈzwaɪˌbæk; ˈzwiː-; German ˈtsviːbak/
a small type of rusk, which has been baked first as a loaf, then sliced and toasted, usually bought ready-made
Word Origin
German: twice-baked
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Word Origin and History for zwieback

1894, from German Zweiback "biscuit," literally "twice-baked," from zwei "two, twice" + backen "to bake;" loan-translation of Italian biscotto (see biscuit).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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