pearl hominy


See under hominy.

Nearby words

  1. pearl diver,
  2. pearl essence,
  3. pearl gray,
  4. pearl grey,
  5. pearl harbor,
  6. pearl millet,
  7. pearl molding,
  8. pearl of great price,
  9. pearl onion,
  10. pearl oyster


[ 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 pearl 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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Word Origin and History for pearl 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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