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[hom-uh-nee] /ˈhɒm ə ni/
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 of hominy
Virginia Algonquian
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 Unabridged
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  • The only objection to this method is the need of frequent stirring to prevent sticking, which breaks and mashes the hominy.

    Science in the Kitchen. Mrs. E. E. Kellogg
  • By following in his footsteps we learned about succotash and hominy.

    Cobb's Bill-of-Fare Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
  • Cold rice or hominy may be used in place of the potato; or a cupful of cold fish minced fine in place of the meat.

    The Whitehouse Cookbook (1887) Mrs. F.L. Gillette
  • The water in which the hominy is cooked should remain on it.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 1 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • The hominy and molasses is the best part; salt pork and ham are the strong victuals.

    The Woman Who Toils Mrs. John Van Vorst and Marie Van Vorst
  • In some households the corn was pounded into hominy in wooden mortars.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • Hog and hominy are not only inartistic to my stomach, but they give indigestion to my moral sentiments.

  • Tom-fuller was made from beaten corn and tasted sort of like hominy.

  • Now, as then, the Indian corn is beaten into "hominy," and boiled for food.

    The Birth of the Nation Mrs. Roger A. Pryor
  • You are to go with him, and then I shall have no one to remind me when I am hungry, and bring me hominy.

    The Crossing Winston Churchill
British Dictionary definitions for hominy


(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 hominy

1629, first recorded by Capt. John Smith, probably from Powhatan (Algonquian) appuminneonash "parched corn," probably literally "that which is ground or beaten." See grits.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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