pi·​no·​le pi-ˈnō-lē How to pronounce pinole (audio)
: a finely ground flour made from parched corn
: any of various flours resembling pinole and ground from the seeds of other plants

Examples of pinole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Vegan baker Roxanne Sanchez of Delicias Bakery & Some in Highland Park says her grandma would prepare pinole for her each visit. Andrea Aliseda, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2024 One of their long-distance treks can accumulate as many as 400 miles in 50 hours on pinole and chia seeds alone. Andrea Aliseda, Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2024 Grow a Taste of the West 1 of 6Саша Круглая for Pexels Big Saltbush (Atriplex lentiformis) Native to the southwestern United States, the seeds of Big Saltbush were eaten by native Californians in pinole, while the edible leaves are often described as salty. Deanna Kizis, Sunset Magazine, 5 Apr. 2023 Led by Ramona Button, an Akimel O'odham farmer, the family-run business grows and sells other traditional foods, such as wheat berries, corn and pinole, a type of roasted ground maize. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 29 July 2021 Maya Jacquez, who founded The Pinole Project in Woodbury, N.Y., alongside her family, says the company is an homage to her abuela, Adela Jacquez, and her pinole recipe. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 21 Mar. 2022 Eaten across Latin America, pinole is finely ground cornmeal that’s usually mixed with spices and/or chia seeds to make a filling breakfast porridge. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, 21 Mar. 2022 The pantry's inventory includes blue corn pinole, popped amaranth, pumpkin atole mix, tepary beans, jarred soup mixes and coffee. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, 1 Apr. 2020 Some of the crops Swanson will be using from Ramona Farms includes tepary beans, ga’ivsa, pinole, pima wheat berries, black-eyed peas and more. Shondiin Silversmith, azcentral, 4 July 2019

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Word History


American Spanish, from Nahuatl pinolli

First Known Use

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of pinole was in 1648

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“Pinole.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

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