gar·​ban·​zo | \ gär-ˈbän-(ˌ)zō How to pronounce garbanzo (audio) also -ˈban- \
plural garbanzos

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Recent Examples on the Web There are more colorful versions, like a Mexican caldo de pollo, zingy with lime, that might feature cabbage, zucchini, garbanzo beans or chunks of corn-on-the-cob — plus lots of cilantro. Dallas News, "A global remedy: Chicken soup recipes from around the world," 20 Nov. 2020 Actually, the garbanzo doesn’t start life as a shriveled, hard, yellow legume but as a perky little ball, ranging from the palest green to a color that resembles the flesh of an avocado., "Recipes for a seasonal bounty: Starters," 18 Sep. 2020 Consider sprouting other beans, such as brown lentils, black garbanzo beans and moth beans. Annada D. Rathi, Washington Post, "Tadka — a spice-infused oil or ghee — can take any salad from ho-hum to flavorful," 9 Sep. 2020 Then came the canvas of spinach, strawberries, peas, garbanzo beans, sunflower seeds, roasted red peppers and kale. Mike Sutter,, "5 great salads from San Antonio-area restaurants to atone for all that coronavirus comfort food," 6 Aug. 2020 Do cannellini, garbanzo, and black beans go together? Claire Friedman, The New Yorker, "Your Virtual Cruise F.A.Q.," 9 May 2020 Add one can drained and rinsed garbanzo (or other) beans — the liquid can be used for making vegan meringue. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "‘No-recipe recipe’ for pasta, using ingredients you likely have in your pantry," 26 Mar. 2020 Her soups are particularly popular, with choices like mushroom-miso; green chile pork stew; tomato-garbanzo-coconut; and corn chowder. June Naylor, Dallas News, "7 locally-owned North Texas restaurants offering heat-and-eat family meals and bake-at-home sweets," 24 Mar. 2020 Hummus is a traditional Middle Eastern spread or dip made from pureed chickpeas (also called garbanzo or ceci beans), tahini (a thick paste made of ground sesame seeds), fresh lemon juice, garlic, and salt. Darlene Zimmerman, Detroit Free Press, "Try this trick to make classic hummus smooth," 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of garbanzo

1759, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for garbanzo

borrowed from Spanish (earlier usually garvanço), alteration (perhaps by blending with garroba "carob, algaroba" or gálbana "kind of pea") of earlier arvanço, ervanço, of uncertain origin

Note: Recorded as arbānsuš or arbānšuš among Hispanic words in the Arabic pharmacopoeia Kitāb al-Mustaʻīnī of Yūsuf bin Isḥāq ibn Baklāriš (ca. 1106). As noted by Joan Coromines (Diccionario crítico etimológico castellano e hispánico), Greek erébinthos "chickpea" is unlikely to be the immediate source; the change i > a is ad hoc, and the outcome of -th- as z/ç is questionable. The initial arv-/erv- is comparable with a widespread group of words presumably of Mediterranean substratal origin—in addition to Greek erébinthos and órobos "the vetch Vicia ervilia," there are Latin ervum "the vetch Vicia ervilia," Germanic *arw(a)-(a)itō "pea" (whence Old High German araweiz, Old Saxon eriwit, erit, Old Norse ertr), Middle Irish orbaind "grains." The suffix of the Spanish word (*-antio?) is of obscure origin.

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“Garbanzo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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