Definition of Hoecake

1. Noun. Thin usually unleavened johnnycake made of cornmeal; originally baked on the blade of a hoe over an open fire (southern).

Terms within: Cornmeal, Indian Meal
Generic synonyms: Johnny Cake, Johnnycake, Journey Cake
Geographical relationships: South

Definition of Hoecake

1. n. A cake of Indian meal, water, and salt, baked before the fire or in the ashes; -- so called because often cooked on a hoe.

Definition of Hoecake

1. Noun. (dated Southern US) A type of cornbread or cornmeal cake, made of water and salt. It was originally baked before the fire or in the ashes on a hoe, now it is fried in cooking oil in a skillet. ¹

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Definition of Hoecake

1. a cornmeal cake [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Hoecake

hoe bag
hoe bags
hoe down
hoe excavator
hoe handle
hoe scaler
hoecake (current term)

Literary usage of Hoecake

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1. Negro Folk Rhymes: Wise and Otherwise by Thomas Washington Talley (1922)
"Dat snake, he bake a hoecake, An' sot de toad to mind it; Dat toad he up an' go to sleep, ... De way you bakes a hoecake, In de ole Virginy 'tire; ..."

2. The Picayune Creole Cook Book (1922)
"Hence the name hoecake. The hoecake was made of flour, with sufficient water to moisten it ... The term hoecake, so extensively used by the field hands, ..."

3. Manual for Army Cooks by United States War Dept. Subsistence Dept (1896)
"... BREAD OR hoecake. 1 quart meal. 2 teaspoonfuls salt. 2 tablespoonfuls melted lard. Sufficient warm water (but not hot enough to scald meal) or warm milk ..."

4. The Universal Anthology: A Collection of the Best Literature, Ancient by Richard Garnett, Leon i.e. Alexandre Le'on Valle'e, Léon Vallée, Alois Leonhard Brandl (1899)
"Sparkman had just broken the hoecake when a distant whistle was heard. "Hal That's the lad now !" he exclaimed, rising to his feet. "He's on trail. ..."

5. The Prose Writers of America with a Survey of the History, Condition, and by Richard Henry Dana, Rufus Wilmot Griswold (1847)
"Sparkman had just broken the hoecake, when a distant whistle was heard. « Ha ! That's the lad now !" he exclaimed, rising to his feet. " He's on trail. ..."

6. Centennial History of Missouri: (the Center State) One Hundred Years in the by Walter Barlow Stevens (1921)
"He persuaded his wife to shake enough out of the meal bag to make him a hoecake. Before the cake was done, Anderson got up, said he could not sleep because ..."

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