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hardtack

[ hahrd-tak ]
/ ˈhɑrdˌtæk /
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noun

a hard, saltless biscuit, formerly much used aboard ships and for army rations.

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Also called pilot biscuit, pilot bread, ship biscuit, ship bread.

Origin of hardtack

First recorded in 1830–40; hard + tack2
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British Dictionary definitions for hardtack (1 of 2)

hardtack
/ (ˈhɑːdˌtæk) /

noun

a kind of hard saltless biscuit, formerly eaten esp by sailors as a staple aboard shipAlso called: pilot biscuit, ship's biscuit, sea biscuit

British Dictionary definitions for hardtack (2 of 2)

hard tack

noun

Irish informal whisky
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