pemmican

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noun pem·mi·can \ ˈpe-mi-kən \
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

Origin and Etymology of pemmican

Cree pimihka·n


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