Tamale definition

tə-mälē
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A Mexican dish made of chopped meat and crushed peppers, highly seasoned, wrapped in cornhusks spread with masa, and steamed.
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A Mexican dish consisting of cornmeal dough around a filling as of minced meat and red peppers, the whole then wrapped in corn husks or plantain leaves and cooked by baking, steaming, etc.
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Mexican dish of cornmeal dough shell filled with various ingredients (e.g. chopped beef, pork, sweet filling) then steamed in corn husks.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of tamale - tamal

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tamale
Plural:
tamales

Origin of tamale

  • From American Spanish tamales pl. of tamal tamale from Nahuatl tamalli

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

  • Back-formation from plural tamales, from Spanish tamales, plural of tamal, from Nahuatl (“wrapped").

    From Wiktionary