hom·​i·​ny | \ ˈhä-mə-nē How to pronounce hominy (audio) \

Definition of hominy

: 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.

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Combine hominy, tomatoes, enchilada sauce, carrots, onion, garlic and cumin in a 4-qt slow-cooker. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Slow-Cooker Chicken Posole," 27 Nov. 2012 Bisq is a small-plates restaurant where most of the little bites are intensely flavored and the menu offers dishes like braised lamb and favas, pozole with hominy and pork belly, a skewer of beef heart with salsa verde. Sheryl Julian, BostonGlobe.com, "At Bisq in Cambridge, hummus is whirred with black-eyed peas, ‘chips’ made from chicken skins," 26 June 2018 Pozole brings a big hunk of tender stewed pork in a beautiful broth studded with hominy. Craig Laban, Philly.com, "Orlando's best dining thrills are outside the parks," 22 June 2018 Tender shreds of pork mingle with the carb comfort of hominy and the peppery crunchy contrast of radish, cabbage and chicharron bits ($9.25). Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "A guide to eating your way through Chicago's West Side," 19 Oct. 2017 Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer, still covered, stirring occasionally, until hominy starts to soften (some skins will split), about 1 hour. Anna Stockwell, Bon Appetit, "Party Posole Rojo," 26 Mar. 2018 Anyone can buy beans from Rancho Gordo, but the Bean Club—which sends members six rare varieties and a few other oddments, like blue hominy, every three months—closed its rolls last year. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans," 17 Apr. 2018 Avocado wedges, cilantro sprigs, thinly sliced cabbage, sliced jalapeños, sliced radishes, lime wedges, sour cream, tortilla chips, and hot sauce (for serving) Drain hominy and place in a large heavy pot; add onions, bay leaves, peppercorns, 2 Tbsp. Anna Stockwell, Bon Appetit, "Party Posole Rojo," 26 Mar. 2018 Trim scallions, then coarsely chop white and light-green parts. Drain and rinse hominy in a colander. Bonnie S. Benwick, Houston Chronicle, "Canned hominy equals kitchen harmony," 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of hominy

1629, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hominy

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

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English Language Learners Definition of hominy

: a food made from dried corn


hom·​i·​ny | \ ˈhä-mə-nē How to pronounce hominy (audio) \

Kids Definition of hominy

: kernels of corn that have the outer covering removed by processing and that are eaten cooked as a cereal or vegetable

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