masa

noun

ma·​sa ˈmä-sə How to pronounce masa (audio)
: 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 The savory side of Ema features plates like a Caesar salad with pumpkin seeds and masa croutons, roasted cauliflower in pipian rojo and carrot tacos. Petite León, Minneapolis A little French; a bit Mexican; a touch Italian: Petite León sprints across continents for its influences. Scott Hocker, theweek, 10 June 2024 The Center for Science in the Public Interest, a consumer advocacy organization, did its own survey of hundreds of corn masa products from 2018-2022 and found folic acid in only 14% of corn masa flours and found none in the 476 corn tortilla products analyzed. Ana B. Ibarra, The Mercury News, 15 Apr. 2024 The workshop will focus on the cultural significance of the tortilla and will be led by Ron Oliver, former chef of The Marine Room and owner of artisanal masa company Manos de Mujer Masa. Linda McIntosh, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Mar. 2024 The wisdom of masa in pastry: Baking new techniques for a millennial ingredient. Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, 27 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for masa 

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Word History

Etymology

Spanish, mash, dough

First Known Use

circa 1896, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of masa was circa 1896

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“Masa.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/masa. Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

masa

noun
ma·​sa ˈmä-sə How to pronounce masa (audio)
: 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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