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hummus

or hom·mos

[hoo m-uh s]
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noun
  1. Middle Eastern Cookery. a paste or dip made of chickpeas mashed with oil, garlic, lemon juice, and tahini and usually eaten with pita.
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Origin of hummus

From the dialectal Arabic word ḥummuṣ, ḥəmmoṣ chickpeas
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  • So she went to her earthen jar and took a big double handful of hummus and put them into the priest's pocket, and said no more.

    The Women of the Arabs

    Henry Harris Jessup


British Dictionary definitions for hummus

hummus

hoummos or houmous

noun
  1. a creamy dip originating in the Middle East, made from puréed chickpeas, tahina, etc
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Word Origin

from Turkish humus

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Word Origin and History for hummus

n.

1955, from Turkish humus "mashed chick peas."

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