- dried lean meat, pounded into a paste with fat and preserved in the form of pressed cakes
- dried beef, suet, dried fruit, etc., prepared as a concentrated high-energy food, used for emergency rations
Origin of pemmicanCree pimihkaan from pimihkeew, makes pemmican, makes grease from pimiy, grease
- A food prepared by Native Americans from lean dried strips of meat pounded into paste, mixed with fat and berries, and pressed into small cakes.
- A food made chiefly from beef, dried fruit, and suet, used as emergency rations.
Origin of pemmicanCree pimihkān from pimihkēw he makes grease, makes pemmican from Proto-Algonquian pemihkēwa pemyi grease -ehkē- to make, gather
(usually uncountable, plural pemmicans)
From Cree á±á’¦á¦á‘³á£ (pimÃ®hkÃ¢n, “pemmican"), from á±á’¥á•€ (pimiy, “grease, oil, lard").