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a. A dark molasses cake flavored with ginger.
b. A molasses and ginger cookie cut in various shapes, sometimes elaborately decorated.
a. Elaborate architectural ornamentation, as on the trim of gables and porches on a Victorian house.
b. Superfluous or tasteless embellishment.

[Middle English gingebred, a stiff pudding, preserved ginger, alteration (influenced by bred, bread, bread) of Old French gingembrat, from Medieval Latin *gingibrātum, from gingiber, ginger; see ginger.]

gin′ger·bread′ adj.
gin′ger·bread′y adj.
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1. (Cookery) a moist brown cake, flavoured with ginger and treacle or syrup
2. (Cookery)
a. a rolled biscuit, similarly flavoured, cut into various shapes and sometimes covered with icing
b. (as modifier): gingerbread man.
a. an elaborate but unsubstantial ornamentation
b. (as modifier): gingerbread style of architecture.
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(ˈdʒɪn dʒərˌbrɛd)

1. a type of cake or fancifully shaped cookie flavored with ginger and molasses.
2. elaborate or superfluous architectural ornamentation.
3. heavily ornamented: a house with gingerbread trim.
gin′ger•bread′y, adj.
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Noun1.gingerbread - cake flavored with gingergingerbread - cake flavored with ginger    
cake - baked goods made from or based on a mixture of flour, sugar, eggs, and fat
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piparkaka, smákaka skorin út í mynd
zencefilli kek


[ˈdʒɪndʒəbred] Npan m de jengibre
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[ˈdʒɪndʒərbrɛd] npain m d'épicesginger cake ncake m au gingembreginger group n (British)groupe m de pressionginger-haired [ˌdʒɪndʒərˈhɛərd] adjroux(rousse)
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[ˈdʒɪndʒəˌbrɛd] npan m pepato or di zenzero
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(ˈdʒindʒə) noun
a hot-tasting root which is used as a spice.
1. flavoured with ginger.
2. reddish-brown in colour. a ginger cat.
ginger ale, ginger beer
a type of non-alcoholic drink flavoured with ginger.
ˈgingerbread noun
(a) cake flavoured with treacle and ginger.
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