[ kawrn-meel ]


  1. Also called Indian meal. coarsely ground, unsifted white or yellow corn used in various boiled, fried, or baked dishes.
  2. (in Scotland) oatmeal.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of cornmeal1

First recorded in 1740–50; corn 1 + meal 2
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Example Sentences

The recommended coarseness of the cornmeal you buy depends on how you intend to use it.

Through the 1970s, the federal food-stamp program also penalized the poor by making families buy food stamps, some of which could be used only on items that the Department of Agriculture had deemed surplus, like cornmeal and beans.

From Time

It even appears in one of Nicaragua’s oldest dishes, a nixtamalized cornmeal and meat stew called indio viejo, which is believed to have pre-Columbian roots.

She coats the outside with a mixture of semolina and cornmeal to add crunch and a non-stick coating, and allows the dough balls to proof once more.

From Eater

They were so cold that they slept with their clothes on, so poor that the doctor who delivered Dolly was paid with a sack of cornmeal.

Once it
all came to the boil, the jug of blood was mixed with a little vinegar and a little cornmeal and stirred into the stew.

The cornmeal cakes, which can be grilled, fried, or battered, are found all over South America.

In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, salt, baking powder, and brown sugar.

Just leave us a little coffee and some cornmeal and some bread and a piece of pork and one of the frying-pans.

She had hardly finished washing coal-grime and cracked cornmeal from her hands, when Paul's call sounded in front.

Then she started for home, with the butter under one wing and the cornmeal under the other.

Then the cornmeal fell from under her wing and the bag burst and it spilled all over.

But I think I would feel better if I had a hot cornmeal poultice on the back of my neck.





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