from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A rich, creamy soup made from meat, fish, or shellfish.
  • n. A thick cream soup made of puréed vegetables.
  • n. Ice cream mixed with crushed macaroons or nuts.
  • n. See biscuit.
  • n. A pale orange-yellow to yellowish gray.
  • n. A color ranging in various industries from moderate yellowish pink to grayish yellow.
  • n. An advantage allowed an inferior player in certain games, such as a free point in tennis, an extra turn in croquet, or an additional stroke in golf.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thick creamy soup made from fish, shellfish, meat or vegetables.
  • n. An extra turn, free point or some other advantage allowed.
  • n. A pale pinkish brown colour.
  • adj. of a pale pinkish brown colour

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Unglazed white porcelain.
  • n. A point taken by the receiver of odds in the game of tennis; also, an extra innings allowed to a weaker player in croquet.
  • n. A white soup made of crayfish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In ceramics: Formerly, same as biscuit, 3.
  • n. A variety of unglazed white porcelain used for statuettes and other small figures.
  • n. In cookery, a soup made of meat or fish slowly stewed until all the strength is extracted, and thickened with finely minced or shredded forcemeat; specifically, such a soup made from crabs, crawfish, shrimps, and the like. Also spelled bisk.
  • n. See bisk.
  • n. An ice-cream with which powdered macaroons are mixed before freezing. Called also biscuit Tortoni.
  • n. See bisk.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a thick cream soup made from shellfish


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Perhaps from French dialectal, sour soup, from Biscaye, Bay of Biscay.
From biscuit.



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  • (noun) - (1) A fault at tennis.

    --Elisha Coles' English Dictionary, 1713

    (2) A stroke handicap allowed to a weaker player.

    --Nathaniel Bailey's Etymological English Dictionary, 1749

    January 14, 2018

  • Good to have you back, jenn!

    October 30, 2009

  • Your brain is solid stuff floating in a liquid. You want to make one? ;)

    October 30, 2009

  • Liquid food often containing pieces of solid food ... can't be too difficult, surely.

    October 30, 2009

  • the decisive dish in a battle between Iron Chef French and the Californian challenger. much to everyone's surprise, the latter's bisque was superior. the shock the judging panel showed at this turn of events was intriguing, seeming to encode an initial assumption that the exquisiteness of such a dish was beyond the crude sensibility of an American. all parties showed face and dignity at this awkward cultural junction, the judges smiling through their disbelief, the victor managing despite clenched teeth to give the final interview, and the vanquished maintaing good-natured silence.

    in short, the Bisque Battle remains one for the vaults for the cultural analyst.

    October 30, 2009