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EtymologyEdit

From Cree ᐱᒦᐦᑳᐣ (pimîhkân, pemmican), from Cree ᐱᒥᕀ (pimiy, grease, oil, lard), from Proto-Algonquian *pemyi.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈpɛmɪkən/
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NounEdit

pemmican (usually uncountable, plural pemmicans)

  1. A food made from meat which has been dried and beaten into a paste, mixed with berries and rendered fat, and shaped into little patties. [from 18th c.]
    • 2013, Philipp Meyer, The Son, Simon & Schuster 2014, p. 239:
      I tried to eat some pemmican, but my mouth was too dry.
  2. (now rare) A speech or piece of writing that is very condensed, conveying a lot of thought or information in few words. [from 19th c.]

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