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  1. 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; < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) uskatahomen, usketchamun a nominalized passive v., 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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Related Words for hominy

porridge, cereal, hominy, samp

Examples from the Web for hominy

Historical Examples of hominy

  • The water in which the hominy is cooked should remain on it.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1

    Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences

  • In some households the corn was pounded into hominy in wooden mortars.

  • Tom-fuller was made from beaten corn and tasted sort of like hominy.

  • You have coffee and hominy and toast and fried potatoes and all that?

    Andiron Tales

    John Kendrick Bangs

  • By following in his footsteps we learned about succotash and hominy.

    Cobb's Bill-of-Fare

    Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb

British Dictionary definitions for hominy


  1. mainly US coarsely ground maize prepared as a food by boiling in milk or water
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Word Origin for hominy

C17: probably of Algonquian origin
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Word Origin and History for hominy


1629, first recorded by Capt. John Smith, probably from Powhatan (Algonquian) appuminneonash "parched corn," probably literally "that which is ground or beaten." See grits.

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