hom·​i·​ny ˈhä-mə-nē How to pronounce hominy (audio)
: kernels of corn that have been soaked in a caustic solution (as of lye) and then washed to remove the hulls

Examples of hominy in a Sentence

We had pork and hominy stew.
Recent Examples on the Web With shredded chicken and white-corn hominy floating in a stock flavored with poblano and jalapeño peppers and plenty of cilantro, this stew needs to be on the menu. Christopher Michel, Country Living, 2 Feb. 2023 Add the hominy and bring to a simmer over moderate heat. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Nov. 2021 For the uninitiated, this peppery soup is made with a red chili pepper base and teems with tripe and hominy and garnished with diced onions, fresh herbs — watch for oregano stems! Mara Severin, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Feb. 2021 Also popular: Carne asada, Mexican street corn, tamales and pozole, a Mexican soup made with pepper base, hominy, avocado, radishes, pork and more. Marc Bona, cleveland, 26 May 2020 Everyone at my table was pleased with the pozole blanco, a traditional pork and hominy stew seasoned with onion, garlic, oregano and thyme. New York Times, 20 Apr. 2020 Northern South America, Central America, southeast Florida Appearing in Mexican dishes such as Oaxacan mole verde and the soothing hominy soup, pozole, hoja santa is a wide aromatic leaf comparable in flavor to licorice, sassafras, and tarragon. Kat Craddock, Saveur, 25 May 2017 There are other Texas products, like Katz Coffee from Houston, and one refrigerator case stocks to-go side dishes, including an addictive green chile hominy, one of Nickelson’s creations. Dallas News, 29 Jan. 2020 The five-course dinner starts with a couple of bites: duck carnitas with hazelnut mole and hominy puree, and mango-scallop ceviche, by chefs Nicolas Ramos and Erasmo Guerrero. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Jan. 2020

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Word History


Virginia Algonquian -homen, literally, that treated (in the way specified)

First Known Use

1629, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hominy was in 1629

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“Hominy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hominy. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


hom·​i·​ny ˈhäm-ə-nē How to pronounce hominy (audio)
: kernels of dried corn from which the hulls have been removed by soaking and boiling in water containing lye

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