simnel cake

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English[edit]

A simnel cake.

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English simenel (also simle), from Old French simenel (fine wheat flour; flat bread cake, Lenten cake), probably by dissimilation from Vulgar Latin *siminellus, a diminutive of Latin simila (fine flour) (see semolina). Compare also Middle Dutch semel, Middle Low German semele.

Noun[edit]

simnel cake (plural simnel cakes)

  1. A rich fruit cake, with a decorated marzipan covering, traditionally eaten at Easter.

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