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couscous

[koos-koos] /ˈkus kus/
noun
1.
a North African dish consisting of steamed semolina, served with vegetables and meat.
Origin of couscous
1590-1600
1590-1600; < French < Arabic kuskus, kuskusū < Berber seksu
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couscous

/ˈkuːskuːs/
noun
1.
a type of semolina originating from North Africa, consisting of granules of crushed durum wheat
2.
a spicy North African dish consisting of steamed semolina with meat, vegetables, or fruit C17: via French from Arabic kouskous, from kaskasa to pound until fine
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Word Origin and History for couscous
n.

c.1600, from French couscous (16c.), ultimately from Arabic kuskus, from kaskasa "to pound, he pounded."

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