hopping John

noun, often capitalized H \ ˌhä-pən-ˈjän , -piŋ- \
variants: or hoppin' John play \ˌhä-pən-\

Definition of hopping John

: a dish made essentially of cowpeas, rice, and salt pork or bacon

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1838

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