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[ koos-koos ]
/ ˈkus kus /


a North African dish consisting of steamed semolina, served with vegetables and meat.

Nearby words

courtship display, courtside, courturier, courtyard, couru, couscous, cousin, cousin jack, cousin, victor, cousin-german, cousinly

Origin of couscous

1590–1600; < French < Arabic kuskus, kuskusū < Berber seksu Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for couscous


/ (ˈkuːskuːs) /


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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