from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small, round or slightly oblong cake of cornmeal fried in deep fat.
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- n. deep-fried cornbread ball (southern)
Perhaps from their having been used as snacks for dogs to quiet them while a meal was being eaten.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)