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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Think of this as an alternative to hummus, which can be problematic for those with a sesame allergy, thanks to the typical tahini. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, "When it comes to food allergies, how to help your kids snack smarter," 30 Aug. 2019 Their airy hummus dialed back the garlic and tahini and pushed forward the lemon. Los Angeles Times, "A food critic feeds his love for Lebanese cuisine at the source," 17 Aug. 2019 Pretzels: Crunchy and great for dipping in hummus or sun butter. Sonja Haller, USA TODAY, "My child's in a nut-free class. Now what? A back-to-school guide on safe snacks," 16 Aug. 2019 They might be rolled and crisped like dosa, to be shattered and dipped in hummus with crispy chickpeas. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "These are the best restaurants in Tempe," 6 Aug. 2019 Last month, Gourmet Grubb also opened a concept popup store, which included savory insect dishes such as insect powder pasta, chickpea black-larvae croquettes and mopani worm hummus, to serve alongside its ice cream. Stephanie Bailey, CNN, "This luxury ice cream is made from insects," 25 July 2019 Gallant later became a customer service manager for a South Boston company that made hummus, and now works as a waitress and bartender for a restaurant in Ipswich. Robert Weisman,, "Where did the time go? Melrose High School’s Class of ‘72 is eligible for Medicare," 5 July 2019 To serve this growing demographic, major retailers are expanding the ethnic food aisles offering such Middle Eastern staples as hummus, tahini, falafel and increasingly, gourmet sweets. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "How an Old School Jordanian Sweets Maker Made it to Walmart," 19 July 2019 Tuesday’s Google Doodle features a short animation of three falafel balls jumping into an open pita filled with hummus, tomato, and cucumber. Nadia Suleman, Time, "'The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Chickpeas.' Google Celebrates Falafel With a Doodle," 18 June 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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