n.1.Probably, the baked berry of the hawthorn tree, that is, coarse fare. See 1st Haw, 2.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Me were looth be likned, doutelees, To Muses that men clepe Pierides - Methamorphosios woot what I mene; But nathelees, I recche noght a bene Though I come after hym with hawebake. I speke in prose, and lat him rymes make.
(6) The Man of Law concludes his catalogue of Chaucer's works by remarking that he is loath to be compared to the Pierides (by which he means the Pierides defeated by the Muses in Metamorphoses V), but then he appears to contradict himself, as he claims to care little whether his tale is of modest import ("hawebake," 95).