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Biscuit

(French-Latin, bis, twice; cuit, baked). So called because it was originally twice ovened. The Romans had a bread of this kind.

In pottery, earthenware or porcelain, after it has been hardened in the fire, but has not yet been glazed, is so called.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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