- a cooked dish of kernels of corn mixed with shell beans, especially lima beans, and, often, with green and sweet red peppers.
Origin of succotash
1745–55, Americanism; < Narragansett (E spelling) msíckquatash boiled whole kernels of corn (cognate with Eastern Abenaki (French spelling) mesikoutar, equivalent to Proto-Algonquian *mes- whole + *-i·nkw- eye (hence, kernel) + *-ete·- be cooked (+ -w-) + *-ali plural suffix)
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Examples from the Web for succotash
Our word "succotash" we now apply to corn cooked with beans.Home Life in Colonial Days
Alice Morse Earle
By following in his footsteps we learned about succotash and hominy.Cobb's Bill-of-Fare
Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
No, mamma, not for making the garden, but to buy a package of succotash seed.
He sat staring out upon the front yard, and he was in reality thinking, with pleasant anticipations, of the succotash.The Shoulders of Atlas
Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Boil one yellow turnip (or two white turnips), and six potatoes; when done add to succotash.American Cookery
- US and Canadian a mixture of cooked sweet corn kernels and lima beans, served as a vegetable
C18: from Narraganset msiquatash, literally: broken pieces
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Word Origin and History for succotash
1751, from Narragansett (Algonquian) misickqatash "ear of corn," "of which divergent evolutions are given" [OED].
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