a Mexican dish made of minced and seasoned meat packed in cornmeal dough, wrapped in corn husks, and steamed.

Origin of tamale

1605–15, Americanism; construed as singular of Mexican Spanish tamales, plural of tamal < Nahuatl tamalli




a city in N Ghana.
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a Mexican dish made of minced meat mixed with crushed maize and seasonings, wrapped in maize husks and steamed

Word Origin for tamale

C19: erroneously for tamal, from Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl tamalli
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Word Origin and History for tamale

1856, from American Spanish tamales, plural of tamal, from Nahuatl tamal, tamalli, a food made of Indian corn and meat.

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