A bowl of grits.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: Middle English gryttes (pl.) from Old English grytte, akin to German grütze: for Indo-European base see grit
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plural noun (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
- A ground, usually white meal of dried and hulled corn kernels that is boiled and served as a breakfast food or side dish.
- Coarsely ground grain, especially corn.
Origin: Alteration of Middle English grutta, coarse meal, from Old English grytta, pl. of grytt.