sourdough

[ souuhr-doh, sou-er- ]
/ ˈsaʊərˌdoʊ, ˈsaʊ ər- /

noun

fermented dough retained from one baking and used as leaven, rather than fresh yeast, to start the next.
bread leavened with this fermented dough: Pick up a loaf of sourdough and a baguette, too.
a prospector or pioneer, especially in Alaska or Canada.
any longtime resident, especially in Alaska or Canada.

adjective

leavened with sourdough: sourdough bread.

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Origin of sourdough

First recorded in 1275–1325; Middle English: literally, “leaven, leavened bread” ; see origin at sour, dough
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British Dictionary definitions for sourdough

sourdough
/ (ˈsaʊəˌdəʊ) /

adjective

dialect (of bread) made with fermented dough used as a leaven

noun

(in Western US, Canada, and Alaska) an old-time prospector or pioneer
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