hummus

[hoom-uhs]
noun
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:
< dialectal Arabic ḥummuṣ, ḥəmmoṣ chickpeas

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hummus, hoummos or houmous (ˈhʊməs)
 
n
a creamy dip originating in the Middle East, made from puréed chickpeas, tahina, etc
 
 
hoummos, hoummos or houmous
 
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houmous, hoummos or houmous
 
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hummus
1955, from Turk. humus "mashed chick peas."
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Example sentences
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.
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