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[puhm-is, pom-] /ˈpʌm ɪs, ˈpɒm-/
the pulpy residue from apples or similar fruit after crushing and pressing, as in cider making.
any crushed or ground, pulpy substance.
Origin of pomace
1545-55; perhaps < Medieval Latin pōmācium cider, derivative of Latin pōmum fruit; see pome Unabridged
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  • The pomace is also oftentimes used as a manure, for which it has considerable to recommend it, being rich in potash and nitrogen.

  • If the pomace is permitted to ferment, and afterwards is distilled, a product called pomace-brandy is made.

  • They will be dark in proportion to the length of time the pomace stands.

    Soil Culture J. H. Walden
  • After the juice has been extracted from the apples the pomace that remains is sometimes used as a fertilizer.

    The Apple Various
  • Cider was made at first by pounding the apples by hand in wooden mortars; sometimes the pomace was pressed in baskets.

  • Cider was tediously made at first by pounding the apples in wooden mortars; the pomace was afterward pressed in baskets.

    Stage-coach and Tavern Days Alice Morse Earle
  • In Europe, the seeds are separated from the pomace and used in various ways.

  • In commercial practice the seeds are collected mostly from cider mills or from pomace.

    The Apple-Tree L. H. Bailey
  • To make higher-colored wines let the pomace stand from four to twenty-four hours before pressing.

    Soil Culture J. H. Walden
  • The pomace fell into a large shallow vat or tank, and if it could lie in the vat overnight it was a benefit.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
British Dictionary definitions for pomace


the pulpy residue of apples or similar fruit after crushing and pressing, as in cider-making
any pulpy substance left after crushing, mashing, etc
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin pōmācium cider, from Latin pōmum apple
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Word Origin and History for pomace

1570s, "crushed pulp of apples," from Old French pomaz, plural of pome "cider; apple," from Latin pomum "fruit; apple" (see Pomona).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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