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tamale

[ tuh-mah-lee ]
/ təˈmɑ li /
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noun
a Mexican dish made of minced and seasoned meat packed in cornmeal dough, wrapped in corn husks, and steamed.
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Origin of tamale

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

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Tamale
[ tuh-mah-lee ]
/ təˈmɑ li /

noun
a city in N Ghana.
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British Dictionary definitions for tamale

tamale
/ (təˈmɑːlɪ) /

noun
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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