- dried meat pounded into a powder and mixed with hot fat and dried fruits or berries, pressed into a loaf or into small cakes, originally prepared by North American Indians.
Origin of pemmican
Examples from the Web for pemican
All knowledge can be put into a kind of pemican, so that we can have it condensed.The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner
Charles Dudley Warner
When I needed a change from pork or bacon, I got some pemican from the Indians.
Then they deposited some ears of corn or some pemican at the foot of the tree or scaffold.
The Indians eat a great deal of green corn, pemican, and marrow fat.
The pemican is buffalo meat, dried hard, and pounded in a wooden mortar.
- a small pressed cake of shredded dried meat, pounded into paste with fat and berries or dried fruits, used originally by American Indians and now chiefly for emergency rations
Word Origin and History for pemican
1791, from Cree (Algonquian) /pimihka:n/ from /pimihke:w/ "he makes grease," from pimiy "grease, fat." Lean meat, dried, pounded and mixed with congealed fat and ground berries and formed into cakes used on long journeys. Also used figuratively for "extremely condensed thought or matter."