K ration


noun

an emergency field ration formerly used for U.S. armed forces when other food or rations were not available, consisting of three separate packaged meals of concentrated or dehydrated food.

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Origin of K ration

First recorded in 1940–45; K for Ancel Keys (1904–2004), American physiologist
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British Dictionary definitions for K ration

K ration

noun

a small package containing emergency rations used by US and Allied forces in the field in World War II

Word Origin for K ration

C20: K, from the initial of the surname of Ancel Keys (1904–2004), US physiologist who instigated it
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