Meaning of hopping John

hop'ping John"

Pronunciation: (hop'in, -ing), [key]
— Southern U.S. (sometimes l.c.)Southern U.S.
  1. a dish of black-eyed peas, rice, bacon or ham, and red pepper or other seasoning: traditionally served on New Year's Day because of the superstition that black-eyed peas bring good luck for the New Year.
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