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See haw, bake.


hawebake (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete, nonce word) The baked berry of the hawthorn tree, i.e. coarse fare.
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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

"But nathelees, I recche noght a bene / Though I come after hym with hawebake./ I speke in prose, and lat him rymes make." Geoffrey Chaucer, Introduction to the Man of Law's Tale, Canterbury Tales II94-96