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hominy

[hom-uh-nee] /ˈhɒm ə ni/
noun
1.
whole or ground hulled corn from which the bran and germ have been removed by bleaching the whole kernels in a lye bath (lye hominy) or by crushing and sifting (pearl hominy)
Origin
Virginia Algonquian
1620-1630
1620-30, Americanism; < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) uskatahomen, usketchamun a nominalized passive v., literally, that which is treated (in the way specified by the unidentified initial element), here probably that which is ground or beaten
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hominy

/ˈhɒmɪnɪ/
noun
1.
(mainly US) coarsely ground maize prepared as a food by boiling in milk or water
Word Origin
C17: probably of Algonquian origin
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Word Origin and History for hominies
hominy
1629, first recorded by Capt. John Smith, probably from Powhatan (Algonquian) appuminneonash "parched corn," probably lit. "that which is ground or beaten." See grits.
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Encyclopedia Article for hominies

hominy

kernels of corn, either whole or ground, from which the hull and germ have been removed by a process usually involving a caustic agent. Hominy was traditionally prepared by boiling the corn in a dilute lye solution made from wood-ash leachings until the hulls could be easily removed by hand and flushed away with running water. In the modern commercial technique, the corn is boiled in dilute sodium hydroxide, and the hulls are removed by the combined action of rotating cylinders and running water.

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