Bread-root

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bread-root a herbaceous perennial plant of North America, with a carrot-like root which is used as food
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bréad, prob. from a Teut. root meaning a fragment, like the Scot. and Norse country use of 'a piece,' for a bit of bread. The usual A.S. word was hláf.

Usage

In literature:

I searched for the cassava root, which the Indians, in all that climate, make their bread of, but I could find none.
"The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe" by Daniel Defoe
In 1438, the times were so hard that people ate bread made from fern roots.
"Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham" by Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
Some were full of roasted flesh, and some of fern-root, which serves them for bread.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. 15 (of 18)" by Robert Kerr
Some fern-root was shown to me which in scarce seasons is used by the natives as bread.
"A Voyage to the South Sea" by William Bligh
Of the root of this artichoke they made a kind of bread.
"Stories of American Life and Adventure" by Edward Eggleston
The bread they use is mainly of roots, whose young shoots climb on poles, which are put near them for that purpose.
"The First Discovery of Australia and New Guinea" by George Collingridge
They retire at night into their dens, where they live on black bread, water and roots.
"The Necessity of Atheism" by Dr. D.M. Brooks
When the sap has been removed by proper treatment, however, the roots are crushed into flour, from which a kind of bread is made.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
For this reason, also, soups, gellies, and arrow-root, should have bread or crackers mixed with them.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
Violet leaves, wild tansie, succory-roots, large mace, raisins, and damask prunes boil'd with a chicken and a crust of bread.
"The accomplisht cook" by Robert May
Their provisions consisted of maize bread, and roots of various kinds.
"Notable Voyagers" by W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
The women ground yuca roots for fresh cassava bread.
"The Black Phantom" by Leo Edward Miller
Some were full of roast flesh, and others of roots used by the natives for bread.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Its two hundred or two hundred and fifty students come from the furrows, asking for spiritual bread, and are given a Greek root.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
We had now three vessels and a sufficient supply of cassave bread, as it is there made from the juca root.
"The Memoirs of the Conquistador Bernal Diaz del Castillo, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Bernal Diaz del Castillo
The Norman taught him to wear cloth, to eat also bread and roots, to drink wine.
"Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 2 (of 3)" by Theodore Parker
Seeds, grain, native bread, bulbous roots, grasshoppers' eggs.
"An Australian Bird Book" by John Albert Leach
We tasted a slice of bread made out of this root, and I have seldom tasted anything nastier.
"Mount Everest the Reconnaissance, 1921" by Charles Kenneth Howard-Bury
He says that they were used like rolling pins for crushing camas and kouse roots in making bread.
"The Archaeology of the Yakima Valley" by Harlan Ingersoll Smith
In a colder country than England, the Gothenburg shepherds live chiefly on milk, barley bread, and esculent roots.
"The Natural Cure of Consumption, Constipation, Bright's Disease, Neuralgia, Rheumatism," by Charles Edward Page
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In poetry:

This flesh you break, this blood you let
Make desolation in the vein,
Were oat and grape
Born of the sensual root and sap;
My wine you drink, my bread you snap.
"This Bread I Break" by Dylan Thomas

In news:

Cathal Armstrong creates classic pub dishes with a refined twist: braised lamb with baby root vegetables, Irish cheese and grits soufflé, whiskey-spiked bread pudding, and more.
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