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[hoo m-uh s] /ˈhʊm əs/
Middle Eastern Cookery. a paste or dip made of chickpeas mashed with oil, garlic, lemon juice, and tahini and usually eaten with pita.
Also, hommos.
Origin of hummus
< dialectal Arabic ḥummuṣ, ḥəmmoṣ chickpeas Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hummus
  • We're buying lettuce in plastic packages and potato salad, tabbouleh, and hummus in deli containers.
  • We ate canned hummus and noodles and tried to decide what movie to watch on our iPods.
  • But not nearly as much as my three-year-old loves hummus.
  • Finally, each magazine is hand-dipped in hummus, for taste.
  • The avocado hummus on this tapas plate is ridiculously good.
  • Include hummus as a yummy spread on crackers and bread.
  • Nothing beats homemade hummus, a great filling for a vegetarian wrap.
  • For breakfast, try the organic scrambled egg panini served with red pepper hummus.
  • With a menu that offers such choices as salads, mushrooms, hummus and wraps.
  • Starters include nori rolls and hummus, salads and sandwiches, including tofu panini and portobello panini.
British Dictionary definitions for hummus


a creamy dip originating in the Middle East, made from puréed chickpeas, tahina, etc
Word Origin
from Turkish humus
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Word Origin and History for hummus

1955, from Turkish humus "mashed chick peas."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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