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- n. A Homburg hat.
- n. A small square Australian/New Zealand cake made with sponge cake covered on all sides (including top and bottom) with chocolate and desiccated coconut.
From Lamington ("place name"). After Charles Baillie, 2nd Baron Lamington, who was governor of Queensland from 1896 to 1901 and apparently wore such a hat. (Wiktionary)
Uncertain. Although current dictionaries all associate it with the Baron, the earliest publication of this derivation is by John Hepworth in the Nation Review of July 1977. An earlier (1966) reference gives the cake but does not associate it with the Baron, suggesting the theory was not current in the 1960s. (Wiktionary)