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Pancake

(2 syl.) is a pudding or “cake” made in a frying-pan. It was originally to be eaten after dinner, to stay the stomachs of those who went to be shriven. The Shrove-bell was called the Pancake Bell, and the day of shriving “Pancake Tuesday.”

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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