from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Sour fermented dough used as leaven in making bread.
- n. An early settler or prospector, especially in Alaska and northwest Canada.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Describing something made from dough that was leavened with yeast and lactobacteria that produce acids giving a sour taste.
- n. Dough, leavened with yeast and lactobacteria that produce acids giving a sour taste.
- n. A permanent resident of the territory. Someone who has lived in the Yukon during all four seasons.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See the extract.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a leaven of dough in which fermentation is active; used by pioneers for making bread
- n. a settler or prospector (especially in western United States or northwest Canada and Alaska)
Sense 2, from an association with using pieces of sourdough to leaven bread in the winter.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)