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English citations of couscous

Noun: a pasta of North African origin[edit]

ME « 15th c. 16th c. 17th c. 18th c. 19th c. 20th c. 21st c.

1857, Sir Richard Francis Burton, Personal narrative of a pilgrimage to el Medinah and Meccah, Volume 1 (travel) (link), page 193 of 418:

A few Maghrabis had ventured on shore, — the Rais having terrified the others by threatening them with those "bogles," the Bedouins — they offered us Kus-kusu* in exchange for a little fish.... *One of the numerous species of what the Italians generally call "Pasta."