See under hominy.
Origin of lye hominy
An Americanism dating back to 1815–25
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).
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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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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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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