lye hominy


See under hominy.

Origin of lye hominy

An Americanism dating back to 1815–25

Definition for lye hominy (2 of 2)

[ hom-uh-nee ]
/ ˈhɒm ə ni /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for lye hominy

/ (ˈhɒmɪnɪ) /


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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