pemmican

noun
pem·​mi·​can | \ ˈpe-mi-kən How to pronounce pemmican (audio) \
variants: or less commonly pemican

Definition of pemmican

: a concentrated food used by North American Indians and consisting of lean meat dried, pounded fine, and mixed with melted fat also : a similar preparation (as of dried beef, flour, molasses, suet) used for emergency rations

Examples of pemmican in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At TMIP, Baltzley, a white guy with dreadlocks, offered testing menus inspired by his explorations of Native American cooking — pemmican, bison, berries. Devra First, BostonGlobe.com, "What’s on the menu at Falmouth’s Buffalo Jump? ‘Weird food that only weirdos like’," 11 July 2018 There was food, too, including a hunk of unappetizing pemmican. John Kelly, Washington Post, "In 1931, Washington tourists could visit Admiral Byrd’s Antarctic flagship," 12 May 2018 People used to rely on food that could last, like pemmican and hardtack, Spam and Twinkies. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "The Novel Taste of Old Food," 4 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of pemmican

1743, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pemmican

Cree pimihka·n

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“Pemmican.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pemmican. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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