From North American Indian auhúminea parched corn.
Maize hulled and broken, and prepared for food by being boiled in water. [United States Written also homony.]
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First recorded in 1629. From Powhatan ("Virginia Algonquian"). Probably from uskatahomen, or from appuminnéonash ("parched corn"). Alternatively, perhaps a short form of rockahominy, from Powhatan rokohamin (“parched, ground corn”).
(hulled, lye-soaked, cooked kernels): nixtamal
hominy (usually uncountable, plural hominies) A food made from hulled corn (maize) kernels soaked in lye water, rinsed, then cooked and eaten; or, the rinsed kernels are dried and coarsely ground into hominy grits.
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