First recorded in 1629. From Powhatan ("Virginia Algonquian"), though the exact source word is in question: suggestions include uskatahomen, appuminnéonash (“parched corn”), and rokohamin (“parched, ground corn”), the last yielding also the unclipped rockahominy.
- 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
- ^ “hominy”, in Angus Stevenson, editor, Oxford Dictionary of English, Oxford University Press, 2010
- ^ “hominy”, in John Ayto, editor, An A-Z of Food and Drink, Oxford university Press, 2002
- ^ Douglas Harper, “hominy”, in Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2021.
- ^ listed in William Strachey's vocabulary of Powhatan