a Middle Eastern dish, a paste of mashed chickpeas, tahini, garlic, etc., eaten 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 &hlowdot;ummu&slowdot;, chickpeas, variant of Arabic &hlowdot;imma&slowdot;, &hlowdot;immi&slowdot;, possibly of Aramaic origin; akin to Syriac &hlowdot;em(m)&slowdot;ē, chickpeas.
(usually uncountable, plural hummuses)