Definition of hush puppy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

hush puppy

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a food eaten in the southern US, usually with fish. It is a round ball of corn flour that is fried. According to tradition, hush puppies were thrown to hungry dogs to keep them quiet, and this is the origin of their name.
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