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Wafer. n.s. [wafel, Dutch.]

  1. A thin cake.

    WIfe, make us a dinner; spare flesh, neither corn;
    Make wafers and cakes, for our sheepe must be shorne.

    Poor Sancho they persuaded that he enjoyed a great dominion, and then gave him nothing to subsist upon but wafers and marmalade. Pope.

  2. The bread given in the eucharist by the Romanists.

    That the same body of Christ should be in a thousand places at once; that the whole body should lie hid in a little thin wafer; yet so, that the members thereof should not one run into another, but continue distinct, and have an order agreeable to a man's body, it doth exceed reason. Hall.

  3. Paste made to close letters.

Sources: Hall, Joseph (2) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Tusser, Thomas (25)

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