sour·​dough | \ ˈsau̇(-ə)r-ˌdō How to pronounce sourdough (audio) , sense 1 is also -ˈdō\

Definition of sourdough

1 : a leaven consisting of dough in which fermentation is active
2 [ from the use of sourdough for making bread in prospectors' camps ] : a veteran inhabitant and especially an old-time prospector of Alaska or northwestern Canada

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People are certainly curious: On opening night, a line formed outside, punctuated by light rain and a discussion of the sourdough pizza at Ops, in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Peter Meehan, New York Times, "Una Pizza Napoletana Returns to New York, With an Assist," 25 May 2018 And this was a place that knew how to melt the cheese on its thin-patty burgers, served on sweet-sourdough buns. Robert Philpot, star-telegram, "Southlake fave Johnny B’s flips its last burger," 23 Jan. 2018 The task of having to ask for it was made up for by the cornucopia of baked goods: two rolls, four enormous flatbreads, and four fat slices of sourdough on an outsize tray. Fox, Town & Country, "A Table for Mr. Fox," 21 Nov. 2012 The first-course choices at ABC Kitchen are cozy and seasonal—butternut squash soup, winter square campanelle with parmesan cheese and nutmeg—while the turkey comes with sourdough mushroom stuffing and cranberry compote. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Where to Dine Out for a Traditional-ish Thanksgiving Meal in New York City," 14 Nov. 2018 Their pastries alone are worth a visit, especially their pistachio financiers, cookies, and chocolate almond croissant; that said, the sourdough bread is also out of this world. Fox News, "Best bakeries in America," 25 Feb. 2016 Eventually, humans discovered natural fermentation, and sourdough was born. Kevin Koczwara,, "For decades, Richard Bourdon’s been shaping dough — and the way we view bread," 26 Mar. 2018 The nut-milk butter, served with flaky sea salt and sourdough, was a profoundly convincing substitute for the real thing, as was the macadamia ricotta. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "Hyper-Local Greenery (and Beer) at Brooklyn’s Annicka," 27 Apr. 2018 Banksia sells the same crusty K.C. sourdough bread baked by Sasha's Baking Co. Sarah Gish Banksia also sells a variety of breads, from sourdough to wheat, rye and challah. Sarah Gish, kansascity, "5 things to know about Banksia, downtown KC's Australian bakery, with Sunday brunch | The Kansas City Star," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of sourdough

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sourdough

: a type of dough that is allowed to ferment before it is baked and that has a slightly sour taste

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