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pearl hominy

noun
  1. See under hominy.
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hominy

[hom-uh-nee]
noun
  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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British Dictionary definitions for pearl hominy

hominy

noun
  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 pearl hominy

hominy

n.

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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