ma·​sa | \ ˈmä-sə How to pronounce masa (audio) \

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

Examples of masa in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In other Mexican states, dry tortillas or bits of corn masa are more commonly used. Minerva Orduño Rincón, The Arizona Republic, 7 Oct. 2021 There’s blue corn masa to make fresh tortillas, Rancho Gordo beans and Oaxacan mole paste. Elena Kadvany, San Francisco Chronicle, 31 Aug. 2021 Her expertise was shared among community members who gathered around a large bowl of masa and formed the Pupusas. The Hunger Coalition, Forbes, 16 Sep. 2021 Heitner and Silva use an organic heirloom blue-corn masa from Masienda, sourced from La Princesita Tortilleria in Boyle Heights. Jenn Harris Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2021 Tortillas made from fresh masa will be a focus for the restaurant. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 May 2021 The vegetarian tamale seemed to have a higher masa to ingredients ratio, and contained onions, tomatoes, jalapeno peppers and mozzarella cheese. Matt Wake |, al, 6 July 2021 Cornmeal from non-nixtamalized corn cannot be mixed with water to form dough, but cooks can use masa to make tortillas, arepas, tamales, and other dishes. Sheri Castle, Southern Living, 28 June 2021 These tostadas are a nice way to feature heirloom masa. Leslie Brenner, Dallas News, 4 June 2021

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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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“Masa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2021.

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