One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1North American. Bread made from Indian corn; cornbread.
2North American. The underground sclerotium of a bracket fungus (Poria cocos, class Hymenomycetes), which was used as a food by North American Indians, typically to make a kind of bread.
Late 16th century (in an earlier sense). From Indian + bread.
Indian bread/ˌɪndɪən ˈbrɛd/
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