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Definition of rusk

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1 : hard crisp bread originally used as ship's stores
2 : a sweet or plain bread baked, sliced, and baked again until dry and crisp


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Definition of Rusk (Entry 2 of 2)

(David) Dean 1909–1994 U.S. Secretary of State (1961–69)

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Biscuits went by unappetizing names such as hardtack, rusks and ship’s biscuits, their durability their main asset. Washington Post, "The 10 best breads in the world," 19 Mar. 2020 Toss with about ½ cup of vinaigrette, making sure to combine thoroughly so the rusks begin to soak up the vinaigrette. Sarah Fritsche,, "Recipe: Tawla’s Fattoush," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of rusk


1589, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rusk


modification of Spanish & Portuguese rosca coil, twisted roll

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22 May 2020

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“Rusk.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of rusk

chiefly British : a dry, hard cookie that is eaten especially by young children

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