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[mass noun] Rich fruit cake in a pastry case, traditionally eaten in Scotland at New Year.
- ‘Unless it is a dram with shortie or black bun at Hogmanay, we Scots are not generally experts at drinking our national drink with fine food.’
- ‘Early versions of the rich fruit cake, such as Scottish black bun dating from the late Middle Ages, were luxuries for special occasions.’
- ‘Lumps of black bun - edible anthracite - were washed down with schooners of whisky.’
- ‘Breakfast this morning was a wonderful thing called a black bun and coffee.’
- ‘I feel sure the one possible oversight will be rectified in the next print-run, and her many fans will read about Hogmanay's black bun and New Year's Day steak pie.’
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