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  • noun Australia, obsolete A Homburg hat.
  • noun A small square Australian/New Zealand cake made with sponge cake covered on all sides (including top and bottom) with chocolate and desiccated coconut.


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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.

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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.



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  • Oh man, I LOVED these... They are not well known in the United States...

    July 16, 2008

  • What IS it?

    July 16, 2008

  • A kind of cake. I don't like coconut, or it doesn't like me.

    Seems to be an Oz thing.

    July 16, 2008

  • yummy wikilink

    I particularly enjoyed the following wikifacts:

    Ironically, Lord Lamington was known to have hated the dessert that had been named in his honour, once referring to them as "those bloody poofy woolly biscuits".

    Tea and lamingtons are part of the festivities that follow Australian Citizenship ceremonies.

    July 16, 2008

  • "Epigram--Divine Service In The Kirk Of Lamington" -

    Poems and Songs of Robert Burns, 1791

    July 16, 2008

  • *clicks on sionnach's link* Ohhh.... ohhhh... *quivering*

    July 16, 2008

  • Yum!

    I used to have a lamington for recess every day in primary school. I haven't had one in ages, though. Maybe I'll make some...

    July 16, 2008

  • I can't believe I've never heard of these...can't wait to make them! Also they sound so cute -- kind of like "lambykins" which is a variation on a word found in this list:Nicknames you shouldn't give to an axe-wielding, loincloth-wearing barbarian warrior with bulging thews.

    July 17, 2008

  • Hmm. Looks like a fancypants whoopie pie. Yum!

    July 22, 2008

  • BARF!! No! No marshmallow in lamingtons. No!

    July 22, 2008