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A stew formerly eaten by sailors, consisting of meat, vegetables, and ship's biscuit.‘Sailors had various methods for making hard tack palatable, e.g. crumbling it into the dish called lobscouse.’‘‘Well, sir,’ said Killick, ‘Joe Plaice says he would venture upon a lobscouse, and Jemmy Ducks believes he could manage a goose-pie.’’
Early 18th century of unknown origin; compare with Dutch lapskous, Danish and Norwegian lapskaus, and German Lapskaus.
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