[ huh-ri-suh, hah-ree-suh ]
/ həˈrɪ sə, hɑˈri sə /
a pungent paste or sauce made with chiles, garlic, cumin, caraway, coriander, paprika, and olive oil, used as a condiment and flavoring in North African and Middle Eastern cooking.
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Origin of harissa
First recorded in 1905–10; from Arabic harīsa, originally a dish of bulgur and meat pounded together into a porridge, from harasa “to pound, crush, break”
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British Dictionary definitions for harissa
/ (həˈrɪsə) /
(in Tunisian cookery) a hot paste or sauce made from chilli peppers, tomatoes, spices, and olive oil, often served with couscous
Word Origin for harissa
C20: from Arabic
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