skillygalee

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skillygalee (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete, nautical) A type of gruel made from oatmeal.
    • 2005 Gregory Fremont-Barnes, Steve Noon, Nelson's Sailors, Osprey Publishing, p24
      Breakfast was served at 8am and sometimes consisted of skillygalee, a sort of oatmeal gruel prepared in fatty water and which by the time of Trafalgar included butter and sugar.
  2. (obsolete) A thin broth prepared by soaking hardtack in water, and frying with pork fat.
    • 2004 Brian Leehan, Pale Horse at Plum Run: The First Minnesota at Gettysburg, Minnesota Historical Society Press, p200
      Skillygalee was born of left-over pork grease and crackers too tough to bite and chew.