gingerbread

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gingerbread
gingerbread architecture in Galveston, Texas

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From Old French gingembras, gingimbrat, preserved ginger, from Medieval Latin *gingimbrātus (gingered, presumably referring to ginger that perhaps had a pharmaceutical use for some medicinal preparation), with intrusive m added to gingiber, from Latin zingiber (ginger), of earlier Sanskrit origin, through Ancient Greek ζιγγίβερις (zingíberis). The third syllable was early confounded with bread, and the insertion of an r in the second syllable completed the semblance of a compound word.

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gingerbread (countable and uncountable, plural gingerbreads)

  1. (food) A type of cake whose main flavoring is ginger.
  2. (figuratively, obsolete) Something ersatz; something showy but insubstantial.
  3. (architecture) A flamboyant Victorian-era architectural style.

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