• WordNet 3.6
    • n simnel a fruitcake (sometimes covered with almond paste) eaten at mid-Lent or Easter or Christmas
    • n simnel a crisp bread of fine white flour
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Simnel A kind of cake made of fine flour; a cracknel. "Not common bread, but vastel bread, or simnels ."
    • Simnel A kind of rich plum cake, eaten especially on Mid-Lent Sunday.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n simnel A cake made of fine flour; a kind of rich sweet cake offered as a gift at Christmas and Easter, and especially on Mothering (Simnel) Sunday.
    • n simnel A variety of squash having a round flattish head with a wavy or scalloped edge, and so resembling the cake so called: now called simlin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Simnel sim′nel a sweet cake of fine flour for Christmas, Easter, or Mothering Sunday
    • Simnel Also Sim′lin
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. simenel, cake or bread of wheat flour, LL. simenellus, wheat bread, fr. L. simila, the finest wheat flour. Cf. Semolina


In literature:

There was a priest at Oxford of the name of Simons, who had for a pupil a handsome boy named Lambert Simnel, the son of a baker.
"A Child's History of England" by Charles Dickens
Simnel cakes those are, stuck together: cakes for the dead.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
A particularly fine crypt is in Simnel Street, with a window at its east end.
"Wanderings in Wessex" by Edric Holmes
Simnel was not the last Yorkist impostor who found credit and an asylum in Ireland.
"The Story Of Ireland" by Emily Lawless
On Whit-Sunday, the 24th of that month, Lambert Simnel was crowned in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
The boy proved to be the son of a baker of Oxford, his true name Lambert Simnel.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 4 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Being informed that Simnel was landed at Foudrey in Lancashire, he drew together his forces, and advanced towards the enemy as far as Coventry.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part C. From Henry VII. to Mary" by David Hume
Simnel, Lambert, 9, 10, 18.
"Henry VIII." by A. F. Pollard
"Parkhurst Boys" by Talbot Baines Reed
I'll to thee a simnel bring, II.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick