tamal

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English[edit]

Two tamales.

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish tamal, from Nahuatl (wrapped).

Noun[edit]

tamal (plural tamales)

  1. Alternative form of tamale (Mexican food dish).
    • 1911, Coffee and Tea Industries and the Flavor Field, Vol. 34, p. 497
      I fully recognize the excellence of the tamal of the gringos. It is a superb standby for picknickers, prospectors, camping-outers, school children, and factory lunches.
    • 2000, Bruce Geddes, Mexico, p.43
      Someone from Campeche may brag about a tamal made there with a salsa of guajillo chiles, axiote (a regional spice), jitomate...
    • 2007, Robin S. Goldstein, Fearless Critic Houston Restaurant Guide: Brutally Honest Undercover Chefs and Food Writers Rate More Than 400 Places to Eat, page 314
      Ask for Salvadoran crema to accompany whichever you choose; it's thick and somewhat akin to sour cream, and you'll get that much more pleasure from your tamal.

Usage notes[edit]

The form tamal is preferred by some to tamale, as tamal is the Standard Spanish singular form while tamale is generally analyzed as a back-formation from the plural tamales, thus proscribed. Note however that tamale exists in Spanish dialect.

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Cahuilla[edit]

Noun[edit]

támal (plural támlem)

  1. mouth
  2. tooth

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Guugu Yimidhirr[edit]

Noun[edit]

tamal

  1. Alternative spelling of dhamal.

Pipil[edit]

Noun[edit]

tamal

  1. A tortilla.

Spanish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Classical Nahuatl tamalli (something wrapped).

Noun[edit]

tamal m (plural tamales)

  1. (Central America, Mexico) tamal, tamale
  2. (Central America, Mexico) bundle, clumsy package
  3. (Central America, Mexico) embroilment, imbroglio

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