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n. pl. pan·dow·dies
Sliced fruit baked with sugar and spices in a deep dish, with a thick top crust.

[Perhaps from obsolete dialectal pandoulde, custard : pan + dialectal dowl, to mix dough in a hurry (probably variant of dough).]
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n, pl -dies
(Cookery) US a deep-dish pie made from fruit, esp apples, with a cake topping: apple pandowdy.
[C19: of unknown origin]
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ap′ple pandow′dy

a baked deep-dish dessert of sliced apples topped with a biscuit crust.
[1820–30, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pandowdy - deep-dish apple dessert covered with a rich crust
pastry - any of various baked foods made of dough or batter
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