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Word of the Week--"biscuit"
Definition----a small cake of bread leavened with baking powder or soda. British, a small crisp sweet cake; the North American equivalent of a cookie.
Discussion--What a biscuit is depends on where you live. For the U.S. and most English-speaking North American countries, a biscuit is often a dinner roll, made primarily of flour, water, and shortening. The test of a cook is whether his or her biscuits are light, airy, and flaky as desired or are the consistency of the proverbial hockey puck. In Great Britan, biscuit refers to a sweetened, crisp cake; what U.S. residents call cookies or shortbread. Apparently, the British lack an equivalent term for the U.S. biscuit. I suspect they just use the more general term roll.  

Etymology--Biscuit comes from the Medieval Latin biscoctus, which means twice baked.

The terms for biscuit in other languages mostly come this Latin root or from the term for cake.

   Foreign Translations
German:  Keks (m)
Dutch:  koekje (het)
French:  biscuit (m)
Italian:  biscotto
Spanish:  galleta

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