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tamale

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noun ta·ma·le \tə-ˈmä-lē\

Simple Definition of tamale

  • : a Mexican food that consists of seasoned ground meat or beans rolled in cornmeal, wrapped in a corn husk, and steamed

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tamale

  1. :  cornmeal dough rolled with ground meat or beans seasoned usually with chili, wrapped usually in corn husks, and steamed

Did You Know?

Hot tamale is sometimes used figuratively, as in our second example, to suggest sexual attractiveness, but it's the word's literal use that puts it in an interesting category. How many English food words can you name that derive from Nahuatl, a group of languages spoken by native peoples of Mexico and Central America? You've probably guessed that "tamale" gives you one; it came to us (by way of Mexican Spanish) from the Nahuatl "tamalli," a word for steamed cornmeal dough. Add to the menu "chili" (from "chīlli," identifying all those fiery peppers); "chocolate" (from "chocolātl," first used for a beverage made from chocolate and water); "guacamole" (from āhuacatl, meaning "avocado," plus mōlli, meaning "sauce"); and "tomato" (from "tomatl"). Top it all off with "chipotle" (a smoked and dried pepper), from "chīlli" and "pōctli" (meaning "something smoked").

Origin and Etymology of tamale

Mexican Spanish tamales, plural of tamal tamale, from Nahuatl tamalli steamed cornmeal dough


First Known Use: 1854

Rhymes with tamale


Tamale

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geographical name Ta·ma·le \tä-ˈmä-lā\

Definition of Tamale

  1. town N Ghana pop 135,952




TAMALE Defined for Kids

tamale

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noun ta·ma·le \tə-ˈmä-lē\

Definition of tamale for Students

  1. :  seasoned ground meat rolled in cornmeal, wrapped in corn husks, and steamed




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