First recorded in 1629. From Powhatan ("Virginia Algonquian"), though the exact source word is in question: suggestions include uskatahomen,[1] appuminnéonash (“parched corn”),[2][3] and rokohamin (parched, ground corn)[4], the last yielding also the unclipped rockahominy.


  • IPA(key): /ˈhɒmɨni/
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  • Homophone: harmony (god-guard merger and weak vowel merger)


hominy (usually uncountable, plural hominies)

  1. A food made from hulled corn (maize) kernels soaked in lye water, rinsed, then cooked and eaten; or, the rinsed kernels are dried and coarsely ground into hominy grits.
    Synonym: nixtamal
    • 1954, James Baldwin, “The Seventh Day”, in Go Tell It on the Mountain, Penguin, published 2001, →ISBN:
      Then his plate was put before him: hominy grits and a scrap of bacon. He wanted to cry, like a child: ‘But, Mama, it's my birthday!’



  1. ^ “hominy”, in Angus Stevenson, editor, Oxford Dictionary of English, Oxford University Press, 2010
  2. ^ “hominy”, in John Ayto, editor, An A-Z of Food and Drink, Oxford university Press, 2002
  3. ^ Douglas Harper, “hominy”, in Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2021.
  4. ^ listed in William Strachey's vocabulary of Powhatan

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