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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Hardtack \Hard"tack`\ or Hard-tack \Hard"-tack`\(h[aum]rd"t[a^]k`), n. 1. A name given by soldiers and sailors to a kind of unleavened hard biscuit or sea bread. Called also pilot biscuit, pilot bread, ship biscuit and ship bread [1913 Webster] 2. Any of several mahogany trees, esp. the Cercocarpus betuloides. --MW10 [PJC]