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nounEnglish Regional, Northern
A spicy kind of gingerbread.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Henry Hexham (fl. 1601–1650), soldier and author. After early modern Dutch peper-koeck (in Middle Dutch as peperkoeke; Dutch peperkoek); compare e.g. Middle Low German pēperkōke, German Pfefferkuchen, and similar compounds in other Germanic languages.
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