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[cf. US South hoecake an unsweetened cake made of corn meal; "the negroes bake theirs on the hoes that they work with" but cf. obs. nocake idem from Algonquian nokaeg DAE; possibly from reanalysis of a nocake as an 'oecake and folk etym.] n. a small, thin, unsweetened cake made of corn meal: 1928 Snake take de hoe cake (Parsons 469). I say I make a little hoe-cake for him (Cat). (Black)

Tags: folk etymology, food, noun

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Last update: 2010-10-18 01:43
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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