hardtack
noun (plural hardtack or hardtacks) Date: 1836 1. a saltless hard biscuit, bread, or cracker 2. any of several mountain mahoganies (especially Cercocarpus betuloides)

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  • Hardtack — (or hard tack) is a simple type of cracker or biscuit, made from flour, water, and salt. Inexpensive and long lasting, it is and was used for sustenance in the absence of perishable foods, commonly during long sea voyages and military campaigns.… …   Wikipedia

  • Hardtack — Hard tack or Hard tack Hard tack (h[aum]rd t[a^]k ), n. 1. A name given by soldiers and sailors to a kind of unleavened hard biscuit or sea bread. Called also {pilot biscuit}, {pilot bread}, {ship biscuit} and {ship bread} [1913 Webster] 2. Any… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hardtack — (n.) 1836, ship s biscuit, from HARD (Cf. hard) (adj.) + TACK (Cf. tack) (n.3); soft tack was bread …   Etymology dictionary

  • hardtack — [härd′tak΄] n. [ HARD + TACK, n. 5] unleavened bread made in very hard, large wafers: it was formerly a part of army and navy rations …   English World dictionary

  • Hardtack — A la izquierda army hardtack , a la derecha navy hardtack . El Hardtack (o hard tack) (en español galleta náutica) es un tipo simple de cracker o biscuit parecido a la regañá andaluza, elaborado con harina de trigo, agua y sal. Se trata de un pan …   Wikipedia Español

  • hardtack — /hahrd tak /, n. a hard, saltless biscuit, formerly much used aboard ships and for army rations. Also called pilot biscuit, pilot bread, ship biscuit, ship bread. [1830 40; HARD + TACK2] * * * …   Universalium

  • hardtack — noun A large, hard biscuit made from unleavened flour and water; formerly used as a long term staple food aboard ships Syn: pilot biscuit, pilot bread, sea biscuit, sea bread, ships biscuit, ship biscuit …   Wiktionary

  • hardtack — n. hard biscuit (formerly eaten by sailors) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • hardtack — hard•tack [[t]ˈhɑrdˌtæk[/t]] n. mil navig. a hard, saltless biscuit • Etymology: 1830–40 …   From formal English to slang

  • hardtack — /ˈhadtæk/ (say hahdtak) noun a kind of hard biscuit used especially by sailors. {hard + tack taste} …   Australian English dictionary

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