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hominy

[ hom-uh-nee ]
/ ˈhɒm ə ni /
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noun
whole or ground hulled corn from which the bran and germ have been removed by bleaching the whole kernels in a lye bath (lye hominy ) or by crushing and sifting (pearl hominy ).

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Origin of hominy

1620–30, Americanism; origin uncertain; from Virginia Algonquian (English spelling) uskatahomen, usketchamun a nominalized passive verb, literally, “that which is treated (in the way specified by the unidentified initial element),” here probably “that which is ground or beaten”
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British Dictionary definitions for hominy

hominy
/ (ˈhɒmɪnɪ) /

noun
mainly US coarsely ground maize prepared as a food by boiling in milk or water

Word Origin for hominy

C17: probably of Algonquian origin
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