hum·​mus | \ ˈhə-məs How to pronounce hummus (audio) , ˈhu̇- How to pronounce hummus (audio) \

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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To serve labneh fresh, envision its cousins, hummus and baba ganoush, and schmear it on a platter into a round of attractive concavity, like an inverted Frisbee. James P. Dewan,, "How to make labneh, the luscious Middle Eastern yogurty spread," 21 Aug. 2019 Items such as the classic gyro with fries, gyro plate, falafels, baklava, spanakopita, hummus and dolamdes can be found on the Taste of Greek menu. Kaila Contreras, Houston Chronicle, "Gyros, falafels and hummus on the menu of Taste of Greek food truck in Kingwood," 3 Aug. 2019 This new episode joins Chef Vartan Abgaryan of Yours Truly for avocado hummus and Nashville hot shrimp. Ed Stockly,, "What’s on TV Saturday and Sunday: Talk shows and ‘Adriana Trigiani’s Very Valentine’ on Lifetime," 7 June 2019 Assi provides creative inspiration; Salam provides a steady supply of hummus. Nora Mcgreevy,, "In ‘Tel Aviv on Fire,’ soap opera meets Middle Eastern politics," 15 Aug. 2019 This delightfully satiric take on the Israeli-Palestinian quagmire revolves around a third-rate soap opera and a border checkpoint where creativity — and helpings of hummus -- trump ethnic conflict., "Capsule movie reviews for Aug. 18," 14 Aug. 2019 Per month, Mini Kabob goes through about 800 quarts of hummus, 1,000 pounds of chicken thighs, 1,000 pounds of chicken breasts and 2,000 pounds of beef — and 3,000 1.5-ounce containers of garlic sauce. Los Angeles Times, "How many kebabs does this tiny kebab specialist go through in a week?," 29 July 2019 Takeout containers of hummus and carrot sticks were set out on the kitchen table. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "The Case of Al Franken," 22 July 2019 Some 75 different styles of hummus and other dips are being recalled by the Food and Drug Administration due to possible listeria contamination. Chris Morris, Fortune, "75 Different Hummus and Dips Recalled on Listeria Fears. See the Full List," 17 July 2019

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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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