a Middle Eastern dish, a paste of mashed chickpeas, tahini, garlic, etc., eaten, often with pita bread, as an appetizer
Origin of hummusTurkish humus
also hum·us or hom·mos
A smooth thick mixture of mashed chickpeas, tahini, oil, lemon juice, and garlic, used especially as a dip for pita.
Origin of hummusColloquial Arabic hummu&slowdot; chickpeas variant of Arabic himma&slowdot;, himmi&slowdot; possibly of Aramaic origin Syriac hem(m)&slowdot;ē chickpeas
(usually uncountable, plural hummuses)