hardtack

[ hahrd-tak ]
/ ˈhɑrdˌtæk /

noun

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

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Origin of hardtack

First recorded in 1830–40; hard + tack2

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

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British Dictionary definitions for hardtack

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
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Word Origin and History for hardtack

hardtack

n.

1836, "ship's biscuit," from hard (adj.) + tack (n.3); soft-tack was soft wheaten bread.

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