from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The larger altar-bread used by the priest for the fraction and his own communion: so called from the service of song which accompanied its manufacture. Also called singing-bread, singing-loaf.
  • n. A wafer for sealing letters or other documents.


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  • A dead cat, for instance, was one day found hanging in Cheapside, its head shorn in imitation of a priest’s tonsure, and its body clothed in a mock ecclesiastical vestment, with cross before and behind, whilst a piece of white paper to represent a singing-cake was placed between its forefeet, which had been tied together.

    London and the Kingdom - Volume I


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