hum·​mus | \ˈhə-məs, ˈhu̇- \

Definition of hummus 

: a paste of pureed chickpeas usually mixed with sesame oil or sesame paste and eaten as a dip or sandwich spread

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This can be lemon or lime juice, vinegar, olive or nut oil (walnut and hazelnut are especially good), hummus, garlic-tahini dressing, pesto, hot sauce, soy sauce. Carrie Dennett, The Seattle Times, "Grain bowls are trending. Here’s how to make your own.," 28 Nov. 2018 In the drawers below, Hadid showed off some apples, cheese, more hummus, and organic uncured salami. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "This is Exactly What Bella Hadid Keeps in Her Fridge," 29 Oct. 2018 Start with a bunch of mezze like hummus, spanakopita, and grape leaves; for entrées, try one of the fresh catches on the blackboard specials. Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Houston," 12 Oct. 2018 And then my food processor helps me make everything from hummus, pesto, and dips to energy balls, banana bread, and a whole host of desserts. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "A Beginner's Guide to Plant-Based Eating With Deliciously Ella," 15 Sep. 2018 Under departing CEO Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo has expanded from its cola roots into hummus, kombucha and other healthier products, although results have been mixed. Saabira Chaudhuri, WSJ, "PepsiCo Buys Seltzer Rival That Vilified It," 20 Aug. 2018 Snack on cukes with some tzatziki or hummus, or whip up this gorgeous Spiralized Cucumber Apple Salad. NBC News, "8 summer superfoods to eat after a tough workout," 11 July 2018 Things like hummus, pasta sauce, and salad dressing are the important finishing touches that complete our meals, which would be way, way less exciting without them. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "The 11 Best Healthy Dips and Spreads You Can Get at the Supermarket," 20 Aug. 2018 Insufficient rains in India have resulted in several years of poor harvests of chickpeas, the main ingredient in hummus. Amie Tsang, New York Times, "Rising Hummus Prices? Blame a Drought Half a World Away," 8 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of hummus

1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hummus

Arabic ḥummuṣ chickpeas

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English Language Learners Definition of hummus

: a soft food made of ground chickpeas, garlic, and oil

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