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Bun

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A small cake. (Irish, boinneog, Scotch, bannock.)

In regard to “hot cross buns” on Good Friday, it may be stated that the Greeks offered to Apollo, Diana, Hecate, and the Moon, cakes with “horns.” Such a cake was called a bous, and (it is said) never grew mouldy. The “cross” symbolised the four quarters of the moon.

Good Friday comes this month: the old woman runs

With one a penny, two a pennyhot cross buns

Whose virtue is, if you believe what’s said,

Theyʹll not grow mouldy like the common bread.”


Poor Robin: Almanack, 1733.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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