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- n. Indian corn parched and pounded into meal (powder), used for food by the Native Americans.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Indian corn parched, and beaten to powder, -- used for food by the Northern American Indians.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Parched maize pounded into meal, formerly much used by the Indians of North America, especially when on the march.
A respelling, probably influenced by "cake", of "nokehike", which derives from an Algonquian language, probably Narragansett nokehick; compare Abenaki nokhigan ("flour"). Related to rokeag and yokeag. (Wiktionary)