American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. New England Bread soaked in liquid, usually milk, and eaten as a pudding or as a side dish with meat.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Broth; pottage.
- n. Bread soaked in broth or the liquor in which beef is being boiled; also, brown bread warmed in milk.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete Broth or pottage.
- n. Bread soaked in broth, drippings of roast meat, milk, or water and butter.
- Old French broez, brouez, brouets plural of broet, brouet (French brouet ‘gruel’), from breu, from *brodittum, a diminutive of vulgar Latin *brodum, from Germanic *brod ‘sauce’ (English broth). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English brewes, from Old French broez, pl. of broet, diminutive of breu, broth, from Vulgar Latin *brodum, of Germanic origin; see bhreu- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I found the poor men on board almost in a tumult to get the victuals out of the boiler before it was ready; but my mate observed his orders, and kept a good guard at the cook-room door, and the man he placed there, after using all possible persuasion to have patience, kept them off by force; however, he caused some biscuit-cakes to be dipped in the pot, and softened with the liquor of the meat, which they called brewis, and gave them every one some to stay their stomachs, and told them it was for their own safety that he was obliged to give them but little at a time.”
“That is called a brewis, my dear; suppose we give it to our pampered family here some day, and see what they say.”
“I have had my first, and I may add my last, experience of "brewis," an indeterminate concoction much in favour as an article of diet on this coast.”
“Gran scooped the fish and crunchy pork brewis from the iron pan into a large plate and handed it to me.”
“The youth returned his greeting and, going into the house, brought out two platters, one full of soured milk and the other of brewis swimming in clarified butter; and he set the platter before Kanmakan, saying “Favour us by eating of our victual.””
“The first Háshim got his name from crumbling bread into the Saríd or brewis of the Meccan pilgrims during “The Ignorance.””
“Siot, an oatcake soaked in buttermilk, was eaten along with brewis, an oatmeal broth, both very sustaining foods, like porridge or porage, from which evolved today's trend of eating cereal with hot or cold milk.”
“‘Lizzie to come before me, John; and she can’t stir a pot of brewis, and scarce knows a tongue from a ham, John, and says it makes no difference, because both are good to eat!”
“You will find us all of a piece, and, having been accustomed to eat in saucers abroad, I am ashamed you should witness our larded capons, our mountains of beef, and oceans of brewis, as large as Highland hills and lochs; but you shall see better cheer to-morrow.”
“Then made they ready store of carbonadoes, or rashers on the coals, and good fat soups, or brewis with sippets; and the monk drank what he pleased.”
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Types of bread & breadmaking terms. Mainly I'm looking for plain or savoury breads but I'll accept the sweet-ish ones as long as they are more bread than cake :-)
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