Hummus definition

ho͝oməs, hŭm-
A smooth thick mixture of mashed chickpeas, tahini, oil, lemon juice, and garlic, used especially as a dip for pita.
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A Middle Eastern dish, a paste of mashed chickpeas, tahini, garlic, etc., eaten, often with pita bread, as an appetizer.
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A Levantine Arab dip made of chickpea paste with various additions, such as olive oil, fresh garlic, lemon juice, and tahini, often eaten with pitta bread, or as a meze. It is mostly eaten in the Levant.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
hummus
Plural:
hummuses

Origin of hummus

  • Colloquial Arabic ḥummuṭ chickpeas variant of Arabic ḥimmaṭ, ḥimmiṭ possibly of Aramaic origin Syriac ḥem(m)ṭē chickpeas

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Turkish humus or Arabic حمص (ħummuṣ)

    From Wiktionary