ma·​sa | \ˈmä-sə \

Definition of masa 

: a dough used in Mexican cuisine (as for tortillas and tamales) that is made from ground corn soaked in a lime and water solution also : masa harina

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Meanwhile, families should carefully scan the corn masa on their grocery shelves. Jonel Aleccia, The Seattle Times, "FDA allows food makers to fortify corn masa to halt birth defects, but few do," 16 Oct. 2018 Gruma, the Mexican company that makes most U.S. corn masa, was part of the original effort. Jonel Aleccia, The Seattle Times, "FDA allows food makers to fortify corn masa to halt birth defects, but few do," 16 Oct. 2018 The tamale was presented in the husk in which it was steamed, the masa inside clinging to a chili relleno — a flavorful little pepper tucked full of cream cheese. Alex Kiesig, idahostatesman, "'I love this city': Eat your way through the Capital City Public Market," 6 July 2018 Follow the exhilarating scent of fresh masa to Los Hermanos, a tortilla factory that makes delicious tacos and quesadillas. New York Times, "Fun Things to Do This Weekend: Pride, Summer Solstice and Sensory Overload in Brighton Beach," 21 June 2018 More than 20 weevils were also found inside the masa container. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Oak Park Brewing Co. closes after cockroaches, mice, weevils found in kitchen | The Sacramento Bee," 21 May 2018 Now, these same people seek out Oaxacan mole and fresh masa tortillas because of the evangelism and dedication of Bayless. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Want to be a Chicago dining expert? You must visit these 12 restaurants," 1 Mar. 2018 The process here involves boiling white corn with a little lime, washing it and then grinding it for fresh masa. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "These are the best restaurants near the Indianapolis 500," 9 May 2018 Place 3 strawberry slices vertically down one side of masa. Amanda Garrity, Woman's Day, "Strawberry Tamales," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of masa

circa 1896, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for masa

Spanish, mash, dough

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