wafer cake


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Wafer \Wa"fer\, n. [OE. wafre, OF. waufre, qaufre, F. qaufre; of
   Teutonic origin; cf. LG. & D. wafel, G. waffel, Dan. vaffel,
   Sw. v[*a]ffla; all akin to G. wabe a honeycomb, OHG. waba,
   being named from the resemblance to a honeycomb. G. wabe is
   probably akin to E. weave. See Weave, and cf. Waffle,
   Gauffer.]
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   1. (Cookery) A thin cake made of flour and other ingredients.
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            Wafers piping hot out of the gleed.   --Chaucer.
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            The curious work in pastry, the fine cakes, wafers,
            and marchpanes.                       --Holland.
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            A woman's oaths are wafers -- break with making --B.
                                                  Jonson.
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   2. (Eccl.) A thin cake or piece of bread (commonly
      unleavened, circular, and stamped with a crucifix or with
      the sacred monogram) used in the Eucharist, as in the
      Roman Catholic Church.
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   3. An adhesive disk of dried paste, made of flour, gelatin,
      isinglass, or the like, and coloring matter, -- used in
      sealing letters and other documents.
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   4. Any thin but rigid plate of solid material, esp. of
      discoidal shape; -- a term used commonly to refer to the
      thin slices of silicon used as starting material for the
      manufacture of integrated circuits.
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   Wafer cake, a sweet, thin cake. --Shak.

   Wafer irons, or Wafer tongs (Cookery), a pincher-shaped
      contrivance, having flat plates, or blades, between which
      wafers are baked.

   Wafer woman, a woman who sold wafer cakes; also, one
      employed in amorous intrigues. --Beau. & Fl.
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