Maconochie

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

After the Maconochie company in Aberdeen that produced it.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /məˈkɒnəki/, /məˈkɒnəxi/

Noun[edit]

Maconochie (uncountable)

  1. (now historical) A tinned stew of sliced turnips and carrots, a widely-used food ration for British soldiers in front-line trenches during World War I.
    • 1928, Siegfried Sassoon, Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, Penguin 2013, p. 262:
      Dottrell said the toasted cheese wasn't too bad, and ‘There's worse things in the world than half-warmed Maconochie,’ he remarked.
    • 1975, Paul Fussell, The Great War and Modern Memory, OUP 2013, p. 53:
      The troops seemed to like the Maconochie best, but the Germans favored the British corned beef, seldom returning from a raid on the British lines without taking back as much as they could carry.