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[puhm-is, pom-] /ˈpʌm ɪs, ˈpɒm-/
the pulpy residue from apples or similar fruit after crushing and pressing, as in cider making.
any crushed or ground, pulpy substance.
Origin of pomace
1545-55; perhaps < Medieval Latin pōmācium cider, derivative of Latin pōmum fruit; see pome Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for pomace
Historical Examples
  • In Europe, the seeds are separated from the pomace and used in various ways.

  • They will be dark in proportion to the length of time the pomace stands.

    Soil Culture J. H. Walden
  • If the pomace is permitted to ferment, and afterwards is distilled, a product called pomace-brandy is made.

  • The pomace is also oftentimes used as a manure, for which it has considerable to recommend it, being rich in potash and nitrogen.

  • To make higher-colored wines let the pomace stand from four to twenty-four hours before pressing.

    Soil Culture J. H. Walden
  • Cider was made at first by pounding the apples by hand in wooden mortars; sometimes the pomace was pressed in baskets.

  • In commercial practice the seeds are collected mostly from cider mills or from pomace.

    The Apple-Tree L. H. Bailey
  • Cider was tediously made at first by pounding the apples in wooden mortars; the pomace was afterward pressed in baskets.

    Stage-coach and Tavern Days Alice Morse Earle
  • After the juice has been extracted from the apples the pomace that remains is sometimes used as a fertilizer.

    The Apple Various
  • Such a case is that recently described by Morgan in America for the pomace fly (Drosophila ampelophila).


    Reginald Crundall Punnett
British Dictionary definitions for pomace


the pulpy residue of apples or similar fruit after crushing and pressing, as in cider-making
any pulpy substance left after crushing, mashing, etc
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin pōmācium cider, from Latin pōmum apple
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Word Origin and History for pomace

1570s, "crushed pulp of apples," from Old French pomaz, plural of pome "cider; apple," from Latin pomum "fruit; apple" (see Pomona).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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