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pem·mi·can

also pem·i·can  (pĕm′ĭ-kən)
n.
1. A food prepared by Native Americans from lean dried strips of meat pounded into paste, mixed with fat and berries, and pressed into small cakes.
2. A food made chiefly from beef, dried fruit, and suet, used as emergency rations.

[Cree pimihkān, from pimihkēw, he makes grease, makes pemmican, from Proto-Algonquian *pemihkēwa : *pemyi, grease + *-ehkē-, to make, gather.]

pemmican

(ˈpɛmɪkən) or

pemican

n
(Cookery) a small pressed cake of shredded dried meat, pounded into paste with fat and berries or dried fruits, used originally by American Indians and now chiefly for emergency rations
[C19: from Cree pimikân, from pimii fat, grease]

pem•mi•can

or pem•i•can

(ˈpɛm ɪ kən)

n.
dried meat pounded into a powder and mixed with fat and dried berries: a traditional food of American Indians in parts of Canada and the U.S.
[1735–45; < Cree pimihka·n, derivative of pimihke·w he makes pemmican (mixing together the grease and other ingredients), he makes grease < Proto-Algonquian *pemihke·wa=*pemy- grease + *-ehke· make]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pemmican - lean dried meat pounded fine and mixed with melted fatpemmican - lean dried meat pounded fine and mixed with melted fat; used especially by North American Indians
meat - the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food
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The meat might be fed directly or incorporated into "dog pemmican" (Mumford, 1852-54: 31 March 1854).
The Bovril company made a man-pemmican (about half protein and half fat) and a dog pemmican (two thirds protein and a third fat).