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[hom-uh-nee] /ˈhɒm ə ni/
whole or ground hulled corn from which the bran and germ have been removed by bleaching the whole kernels in a lye bath (lye hominy) or by crushing and sifting (pearl hominy)
Origin of hominy
Virginia Algonquian
1620-30, Americanism; < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) uskatahomen, usketchamun a nominalized passive v., literally, that which is treated (in the way specified by the unidentified initial element), here probably that which is ground or beaten Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for hominy
Historical Examples
  • The water in which the hominy is cooked should remain on it.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • In some households the corn was pounded into hominy in wooden mortars.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • Tom-fuller was made from beaten corn and tasted sort of like hominy.

  • You have coffee and hominy and toast and fried potatoes and all that?

    Andiron Tales John Kendrick Bangs
  • By following in his footsteps we learned about succotash and hominy.

    Cobb's Bill-of-Fare Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • You are to go with him, and then I shall have no one to remind me when I am hungry, and bring me hominy.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
  • The few farmers who reside there live mainly on hog and hominy.

    My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field Charles Carleton Coffin
  • To your women I present this iron corn-mill to grind their hominy.

    The Conquest

    Eva Emery Dye
  • Add enough meal and hominy to make a batter, and bake quickly.

    Housekeeping in Old Virginia Marion Cabell Tyree
  • Just by luck, I have a few cases of American oatmeal and hominy grits.

    Paris Vistas Helen Davenport Gibbons
British Dictionary definitions for hominy


(mainly US) coarsely ground maize prepared as a food by boiling in milk or water
Word Origin
C17: probably of Algonquian origin
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Word Origin and History for hominy

1629, first recorded by Capt. John Smith, probably from Powhatan (Algonquian) appuminneonash "parched corn," probably literally "that which is ground or beaten." See grits.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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