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[suhk-uh-tash] /ˈsʌk əˌtæʃ/
a cooked dish of kernels of corn mixed with shell beans, especially lima beans, and, often, with green and sweet red peppers.
Origin of succotash
1745-55, Americanism; < Narragansett (E spelling) msíckquatash boiled whole kernels of corn (cognate with Eastern Abenaki (French spelling) mesikoutar, equivalent to Proto-Algonquian *mes- whole + *-i·nkw- eye (hence, kernel) + *-ete·- be cooked (+ -w-) + *-ali plural suffix) Unabridged
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  • Kornlet and dried Lima beans may be made into succotash in a similar manner.

    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
  • I am reminded of the story of an old Indian chief who was invited to some great dinner where the first course was "succotash."

    Birds and Poets John Burroughs
  • Our word "succotash" we now apply to corn cooked with beans.

    Home Life in Colonial Days Alice Morse Earle
  • The succotash mixture may be fed alone or in conjunction with other meal added to make the food still more in balance.

  • He sat staring out upon the front yard, and he was in reality thinking, with pleasant anticipations, of the succotash.

    The Shoulders of Atlas Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • It is good warmed up, made into fritters, baked into a pudding, or mixed with lima beans as succotash.

    Camp and Trail Stewart Edward White
  • "The braves have their green corn and succotash dance here every year," explained Adrian.

    The White Crystals Howard R. Garis
  • Boil one yellow turnip (or two white turnips), and six potatoes; when done add to succotash.

  • When succotash is desired, add to a pint of corn cooked as above the same amount of cooked and seasoned shelled beans.

British Dictionary definitions for succotash


(US & Canadian) a mixture of cooked sweet corn kernels and lima beans, served as a vegetable
Word Origin
C18: from Narraganset msiquatash, literally: broken pieces
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Word Origin and History for succotash

1751, from Narragansett (Algonquian) misickqatash "ear of corn," "of which divergent evolutions are given" [OED].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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