One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A stew formerly eaten by sailors, consisting of meat, vegetables, and hardtack.
- ‘‘Well, sir,’ said Killick, ‘Joe Plaice says he would venture upon a lobscouse, and Jemmy Ducks believes he could manage a goose-pie.’’
- ‘Sailors had various methods for making hard tack palatable, e.g. crumbling it into the dish called lobscouse.’
Early 18th century: of unknown origin; compare with Dutch lapskous, Danish and Norwegian lapskaus, and German Lapskaus.
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