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Topic: FOOD DISH

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: bescuit, from Latin bis 'twice' + coctus 'cooked'

biscuit

noun
     
bis‧cuit S3
1 [countable] British EnglishDFF a small thin dry cake that is usually sweet and made for one person to eat [= cookie American English]
a packet of chocolate biscuits
cheese and biscuits
2 [countable] American EnglishDFF a type of soft bread baked in small round pieces
3 [uncountable] a light brown colour
4

take the biscuit

British English informal to be the most surprising, annoying etc thing you have ever heard:
I've heard some excuses, but this really takes the biscuit!
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