sourdough

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

sour +‎ dough. The senses pertaining to Alaska and the Yukon derive from the distinctive pouches of bread starter worn on a belt or around the neck by experienced prospectors during the Klondike Gold Rush.[1][2]

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NounEdit

sourdough (plural sourdoughs)

  1. A type of bread dough leavened with yeast and lactobacteria that produce acids giving a sour taste.
  2. (slang) An old-timer, especially in Alaska.
    • 1944, Ernie Pyle, Brave Men, University of Nebraska Press (2001), page 80:
      "The troops went for those fresh tomatoes like sourdoughs going for gold in the Klondike."
  3. (Yukon) A permanent resident of the territory. Someone who has lived in the Yukon during all four seasons.

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AntonymsEdit

  • (someone new to Alaska and Yukon): cheechako

AdjectiveEdit

sourdough (not comparable)

  1. Made from sourdough.

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Learn to Speak Alaskan
  2. ^ Sourdough baking
Last modified on 17 April 2014, at 23:31