hopping John

[ hop-in, -ing ]

noun(sometimes lowercase)Southern U.S.
  1. a dish of black-eyed peas, rice, bacon or ham, and red pepper or other seasoning: traditionally served on New Year's Day because of the superstition that black-eyed peas bring good luck for the New Year.

Origin of hopping John

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40

Words Nearby hopping John

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