One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Maize which is parched and pounded into meal, used as an article of food.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in William Wood (fl. 1629–1635), writer on America. From Narragansett nókehick nocake, Massachusett nookhik, lit. ‘thing pounded soft’ (in the Bible translating ‘meal’, ‘flour’, ‘ground corn’).
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