Definition of hardtack
1 : a saltless hard biscuit, bread, or cracker
2 : any of several mountain mahoganies (especially Cercocarpus betuloides)
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Tourists can taste hardtack, the dry bread soldiers ate during the war.
Among its lively illustrations is an old ad featuring a wooden box in the Statue of Liberty’s hand, raining what look like matzos but are actually the hardtack that fed our armies in numerous wars.
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