a cooked dish of kernels of corn mixed with shell beans, especially lima beans, and, often, with green and sweet red peppers.

Origin of succotash

1745–55, Americanism; < Narragansett (E spelling) msíckquatash boiled whole kernels of corn (cognate with Eastern Abenaki (French spelling) mesikoutar, equivalent to Proto-Algonquian *mes- whole + *-i·nkw- eye (hence, kernel) + *-ete·- be cooked (+ -w-) + *-ali plural suffix) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for succotash

Historical Examples of succotash

  • Our word "succotash" we now apply to corn cooked with beans.

  • By following in his footsteps we learned about succotash and hominy.

    Cobb's Bill-of-Fare

    Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb

  • No, mamma, not for making the garden, but to buy a package of succotash seed.

  • He sat staring out upon the front yard, and he was in reality thinking, with pleasant anticipations, of the succotash.

    The Shoulders of Atlas

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • Boil one yellow turnip (or two white turnips), and six potatoes; when done add to succotash.

British Dictionary definitions for succotash



US and Canadian a mixture of cooked sweet corn kernels and lima beans, served as a vegetable

Word Origin for succotash

C18: from Narraganset msiquatash, literally: broken pieces
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Word Origin and History for succotash

1751, from Narragansett (Algonquian) misickqatash "ear of corn," "of which divergent evolutions are given" [OED].

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