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 The pork is layered into a white-corn tortilla formed from fresh, housemade masa. Washington Post, 15 June 2022 Made from the restaurant’s own nixtamalized masa, the thick chips have a satisfying and brutal snap to them. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 18 May 2022 Her tortillas are made with organic masa devoid of additives or preservatives. Marco Torres, Chron, 9 June 2022 The blue-corn masa is pressed into a variety of duties. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 1 July 2022 The mix of ingredients includes corn masa flour, water, and sunflower oil. Andy Meek, BGR, 13 Apr. 2022 Wet fillings tend to cause the masa to disintegrate. Washington Post, 9 May 2022 In a medium bowl, combine the cornmeal with the salt and warm water, and using your hands, mix to form a masa, or dough. CNN, 27 Apr. 2022 The soft masa filling is stuffed with queso de mano, a stretchy white Venezuelan cow and sheep's milk cheese that's like a funkier mozzarella. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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2 Aug 2022

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“Masa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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