hummus

noun 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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Origin and Etymology of hummus

Arabic ḥummuṣ chickpeas


HUMMUS Defined for English Language Learners

hummus

noun

Definition of hummus for English Language Learners

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


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