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or hommos

[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.
Origin of hummus
< dialectal Arabic ḥummuṣ, ḥəmmoṣ chickpeas Unabridged
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  • So she went to her earthen jar and took a big double handful of hummus and put them into the priest's pocket, and said no more.

    The Women of the Arabs Henry Harris Jessup
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."

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