- a North African dish consisting of steamed semolina, served with vegetables and meat.
Origin of couscous
1590–1600; < French < Arabic kuskus, kuskusū < Berber seksu
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Examples from the Web for couscous
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When he had placed it on the ground, they served a couscous with this ox.
One day they brought to one of them a dish of couscous with meat.
Couscous, kus′kus, n. an African dish of granulated flour steamed over broth.
Here were great copper cauldrons where the couscous was being prepared.
The Kabyles live well at all events, and their couscous is renowned throughout all Algeria.
- a type of semolina originating from North Africa, consisting of granules of crushed durum wheat
- a spicy North African dish consisting of steamed semolina with meat, vegetables, or fruit C17: via French from Arabic kouskous, from kaskasa to pound until fine
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Word Origin and History for couscous
c.1600, from French couscous (16c.), ultimately from Arabic kuskus, from kaskasa "to pound, he pounded."
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