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See also: Pumpernickel
From Westphalian German Pumpernickel, from Pumper (“fart”) (or a related form, such as pumpern) and Nickel (“rascal”) (from the male name Nikolaus (“Nicholas”)), possibly originating as an insult for a person or for the bread itself by outsiders.
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpʌmpɚˌnɪkl̩/
pumpernickel (countable and uncountable, plural pumpernickels)
- A German sourdough bread made from rye.
- Synonym: pumpernickel bread
- 2016, Colson Whitehead, The Underground Railroad, Fleet (2017), page 309:
- There was a cut-crystal pitcher full of water, a basket of fruit, and a big loaf of pumpernickel for them to eat.
sourdough rye bread