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A type of English confectionery, consisting of a seed (such as caraway) or nut coated in sugar, similar to a French 'dragee'. Alice in Wonderland had a box of comfits in her pocket. The word has now gone out of use - to be replaced by more precise alternatives, such as 'hundreds and thousands' and 'gobstoppers'

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