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pumpernickel

[ puhm-per-nik-uhl ]
/ ˈpʌm pərˌnɪk əl /
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noun

a coarse, dark, slightly sour bread made of unbolted rye.

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Origin of pumpernickel

First recorded in 1750–60; from German Pumpernickel, originally a contemptuous name for anyone considered disagreeable, equivalent to pumper(n) “to break wind” + Nickel, diminutive or pet name of Nikolaus “Nicholas” (cf. nickel); presumably applied to the bread from its effect on the digestive system
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British Dictionary definitions for pumpernickel

pumpernickel
/ (ˈpʌmpəˌnɪkəl) /

noun

a slightly sour black bread, originating in Germany, made of coarse rye flour

Word Origin for pumpernickel

C18: from German, of uncertain origin
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