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tamale

[tuh-mah-lee] /təˈmɑ li/
noun
1.
a Mexican dish made of minced and seasoned meat packed in cornmeal dough, wrapped in corn husks, and steamed.
Origin of tamale
1605-1615
1605-15, Americanism; construed as singular of Mexican Spanish tamales, plural of tamal < Nahuatl tamalli

Tamale

[tuh-mah-lee] /təˈmɑ li/
noun
1.
a city in N Ghana.
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  • She promised to give us all a tamale supper tonight, you know.

    The Long Dim Trail Forrestine C. Hooker
  • There she resumed her tamale in the intervals of conversation.

    The Wrong Woman Charles D. Stewart
  • The tamale is still a favorite dish, like tortillas and frijoles.

  • In the middle of the street was a tamale stand surrounded by patrons.

    The Californians Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • tamale stirred restlessly with head uplifted and ears pointed straight before up the steep bluff.

    The Lure of the Dim Trails by (AKA B. M. Sinclair) B. M. Bower
  • A hot 13 tamale, like that Mexican fruit which burns you if you bite into it!

    Pemrose Lorry, Camp Fire Girl Isabel Katherine Hornibrook
  • tamale lifted his head and gazed inquiringly up the hill; but Bob was not observant of signs just then.

    The Lure of the Dim Trails by (AKA B. M. Sinclair) B. M. Bower
  • Bob turned and glanced the way tamale was looking; saw nothing, and settled down again on the small of his back.

    The Lure of the Dim Trails by (AKA B. M. Sinclair) B. M. Bower
  • Three rods were stuck into its head, upon each of which was spitted a tamale, or native pie.

British Dictionary definitions for tamale

tamale

/təˈmɑːlɪ/
noun
1.
a Mexican dish made of minced meat mixed with crushed maize and seasonings, wrapped in maize husks and steamed
Word Origin
C19: erroneously for tamal, from Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl tamalli
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Word Origin and History for tamale
n.

1856, from American Spanish tamales, plural of tamal, from Nahuatl tamal, tamalli, a food made of Indian corn and meat.

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