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- n. A thin, weak broth or oatmeal porridge, formerly given to prisoners and paupers in England.
- n. A drink made of oatmeal, sugar, and water, formerly used in the English navy and army.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of thin, weak broth or oatmeal porridge, served out to prisoners and paupers in England; also, a drink made of oatmeal, sugar, and water, sometimes used in the English navy or army.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A poor, thin, watery kind of broth or soup, sometimes consisting of oatmeal and water in which meat has been boiled; a weak, watery diet served out to prisoners in the hulks, paupers in workhouses, and the like; a drink made of oatmeal, sugar, and water, formerly served out to sailors in the British navy.
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