hominy

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

First recorded in 1629. From Powhatan ("Virginia Algonquian"). Probably from uskatahomen,[1] or from appuminnéonash ("parched corn").[2][3] Alternatively, perhaps a short form of rockahominy, from Powhatan rokohamin (parched, ground corn).[4]

Noun[edit]

hominy (usually uncountable, plural hominies)

  1. A food made from hulled corn (maize) kernels soaked in lye water, rinsed, then cooked and eaten; or, the rinsed kernels are dried and coarsely ground into hominy grits.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (hulled, lye-soaked, cooked kernels): nixtamal

References[edit]

  1. ^ "hominy", the Oxford Dictionary of English edited by Angus Stevenson (Oxford University Press, 2010) / Oxford Reference Online, via the State Library of Tasmania, accessed 5 June 2012: [1]
  2. ^ "hominy", An A-Z of Food and Drink edited by John Ayto (Oxford university Press, 2002) / Oxford Reference Online, via the State Library of Tasmania, accessed 5 June 2012: [2]
  3. ^ hominy” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  4. ^ listed in William Strachey's vocabulary of Powhatan

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