ban·​nock | \ ˈba-nək How to pronounce bannock (audio) \

Definition of bannock

1 : a usually unleavened flat bread or biscuit made with oatmeal or barley meal
2 chiefly New England : corn bread especially : a thin cake baked on a griddle

Examples of bannock in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Visitors are paired with community members on the shores of Lennox Island to prepare bannock that is baked in the sand. Sandra Macgregor, Forbes, 3 Oct. 2021 Salmon n’ Bannock: Inspired by First Nations cuisine, the menu at this Vancouver favorite features hearty fare like boar meatballs and variations on bannock, the traditional First Nations unleavened bread. Craig Taylor, Smithsonian, 10 July 2017 My characters take it for granted that their roads are made of biodegradable foam, 3-D printers spit out biological tissue, trucks drive themselves, and there’s a popular chain of bannock cafés in northern Canada. Annalee Newitz, Slate Magazine, 22 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of bannock

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bannock

Scots & northern English dialect, going back to Middle English (northern) bannoke "bread baked on the hearth," going back to Old English bannuc "a small piece (of bread)," of obscure origin

Note: The word is attested in Middle English only once, as bannoke, glossed by "focacius, panis subcinericius" ("hearth bread, bread [baked] under the ashes") in the Catholicon Anglicum, an English-Latin dictionary compiled in the second half of the fifteenth century, probably in Yorkshire. The Old English word likewise occurs only once, in the glosses to Aldheim's De laude virginitatis, where healfne bannuc glosses "dimidiam partem," a "half part" of a pastry or bread. The word apparently occurs in Scottish Gaelic, as bonnach, bannach, but is likely to have been borrowed from Scots. Breton bannacʼh "drop," adduced in the Dictionary of Old English, is from an etymon common to insular Celtic (as Old Irish bannae "drop") and unlikely to be of relevance.

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“Bannock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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