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ship biscuit

[ship bis-kit]
  1. hardtack.
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Sometimes ship bread.

Origin of ship biscuit

First recorded in 1790–1800
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for ship biscuit

Historical Examples

  • We wound up the evening with ship-biscuit and brandy-and-water—ration brandy—French—superb.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 67, No. 411, January 1850


  • We made porridge, for we had still a good supply of oatmeal, and of ship-biscuit.

  • On the third day the white bread had become as hard as ship-biscuit, so that we had to break it up and soak it in water.

  • Jim at this came running out of the cave with a face of joy, a bag of ship-biscuit, and a lot of other things.

    Robbery Under Arms

    Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood

  • Oatmeal or ship-biscuit ought always to be given, if alone the better, else rice upon which gravy has been poured.

    The Dog

    Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson