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

Examples of hummus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The key to making a truly great hummus is to process it for at least three to four minutes as it gets whipped into a frenzy with ice-cold water to keep it light and creamy. Kim Sunée, Anchorage Daily News, "How to turn any chickpeas lurking in your cupboards into delicious hummus," 15 Oct. 2020 Cut thick slabs of sweet potato and schmear some hummus on top. Kari Sonde, Washington Post, "8 of our favorite things to eat — on toast," 14 Sep. 2020 Buying organic varieties and products that are free of other additives (like artificial coloring or malt syrup) is best, but snacking on conventional hummus isn't as harmful to your health as other options in the grocery aisle. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, "Hummus from Whole Foods, Sabra, and Other Brands May Contain Herbicide, According to New Report," 14 July 2020 Recently, my order included a squat loaf of red wheat sourdough, hummus blended with mint and sweet green peas, and pickled spring onion and green garlic. Soleil Ho,, "The best snacky dinner, brought to you by Bread, Spread + Pickle," 25 May 2020 Each box contained 25 pounds of flour, 10 pounds of rice, a gallon each of olive oil and canola oil, 10 pounds of split peas and a large can of hummus or garbanzo beans, among other staples. Aida Baghernejad,, "Divided by COVID-19, the Bay Area Muslim community rallies together for Ramadan," 23 May 2020 And, of course, the country’s appetite for hummus has skyrocketed. Chase Purdy, Quartz, "Long cast as mushy sidekicks, beans finally get the spotlight," 9 Mar. 2020 Though there are many variations, the requirements for this Mayan dip are pumpkin seeds (pepitas), sesame seeds, and a tomato, pulverized to create a hummus-like texture. Sunset Magazine, "Go Nuts with These Tomato-Less, Protein-Packed Salsas," 16 Apr. 2020 The versatile chick pea is another ingredient that can be turned into so many things from hummus to salads. The Washington Post, "Free Range on Food: A week's worth of beans, box grater pastas, using up your herb stems, this week's recipes and more!," 8 Apr. 2020

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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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The first known use of hummus was in 1949

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24 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Hummus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hummus

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

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