Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Hard biscuit prepared for long keeping, and for use on board a ship; hardtack. Also called pilot-bread.
“Jim at this came running out of the cave with a face of joy, a bag of ship-biscuit, and a lot of other things.”
“In the long try watches of the night it is a common thing for the seamen to dip their ship-biscuit into the huge oil-pots and let them fry there awhile.”
“Alone they seat themselves at their bare little tables, placing before themselves their ship-biscuit; and then not drinking, but sipping their bath-water from a very small glass.”
“The officers made use of a small lump of candy, holding it in their mouths, where it melted slowly, while they swallowed cup after cup to moisten the hard ship-biscuit and rancid butter.”
“The evening's repast resembled that of the morning, consisting of tea-water and ship-biscuit.”
“No appetizing turkey and plum-pudding, eaten in the midst of loving faces and merry talk and laughter; nothing but coarse salt-junk and hard ship-biscuit, hastily snatched among rough, unsympathetic men, who neither knew nor cared anything about him.”
“Saying nothing so good to make men strong, he bought for the mistress a big piece of boiled pork, which, sliced thin, we enjoyed either with bread or our ship-biscuit.”
“We made porridge, for we had still a good supply of oatmeal, and of ship-biscuit.”
“They slackened their talk and began smacking their lips over ship-biscuit, marmalade, and tea.”
“Thus prepared, it takes the place of ship-biscuit; and it is so far superior to ship-biscuit that it neither moulds nor breeds the maggot, but remains good and wholesome to the last crumb.”
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