- dried meat pounded into a powder and mixed with hot fat and dried fruits or berries, pressed into a loaf or into small cakes, originally prepared by North American Indians.
Origin of pemmican
Examples from the Web for pemmican
Pemmican was in plenty, and the redmen kept the hunting-grounds in peace.The Fiery Totem
On the pemmican which they made from these buffaloes they depended for their winter's food.Old Fort Snelling
Marcus L. Hansen
They picked up all the pemmican and biscuit that was still eatable.
Some remains of food were drawn out, and a case a quarter full of pemmican.
Pemmican was also made by drying the meat and pulverizing it.Old Rail Fence Corners
- a small pressed cake of shredded dried meat, pounded into paste with fat and berries or dried fruits, used originally by American Indians and now chiefly for emergency rations
Word Origin and History for pemmican
1791, from Cree (Algonquian) /pimihka:n/ from /pimihke:w/ "he makes grease," from pimiy "grease, fat." Lean meat, dried, pounded and mixed with congealed fat and ground berries and formed into cakes used on long journeys. Also used figuratively for "extremely condensed thought or matter."