simnel

n.

"sweet cake," c.1200, from Old French simenel "fine wheat flour; flat bread cake, Lenten cake," probably by dissimilation from Vulgar Latin *siminellus (also source of Old High German semala "the finest wheat flour," German Semmel "a roll"), a diminutive of Latin simila "fine flour" (see semolina).


Nearby words

  1. simmer dim,
  2. simmer down,
  3. simmonds disease,
  4. simms,
  5. simms, william gilmore,
  6. simnel cake,
  7. simoleon,
  8. simon,
  9. simon boccanegra,
  10. simon legree

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