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simnel (n.)

"sweet cake," c. 1200, from Old French simenel "fine wheat flour; flat bread cake, Lenten cake," probably by dissimilation from Vulgar Latin *siminellus (also source of Old High German semala "the finest wheat flour," German Semmel "a roll"), a diminutive of Latin simila "fine flour" (see semolina).

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Definitions of simnel

simnel (n.)
a crisp bread of fine white flour;
simnel (n.)
a fruitcake (sometimes covered with almond paste) eaten at mid-Lent or Easter or Christmas;
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