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also hum·us or hom·mos  (ho͝om′əs, hŭm′-)
A smooth thick mixture of mashed chickpeas, tahini, oil, lemon juice, and garlic, used especially as a dip for pita.

[Colloquial Arabic ḥummuṣ, chickpeas, variant of Arabic ḥimmaṣ, ḥimmiṣ, possibly of Aramaic origin; akin to Syriac ḥem(m)ṣē, chickpeas.]


(ˈhʊməs) ,




(Cookery) a creamy dip originating in the Middle East, made from puréed chickpeas, tahina, etc
[from Turkish humus]
Usage: Avoid confusion with humus


(ˈhʊm əs)

a Middle Eastern spread or dip of puréed chickpeas with tahini, garlic, lemon juice, and oil.
[1950–55; < dial. Arabic ḥummuṣ, ḥəmmoṣ chickpeas]
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Noun1.hummus - a thick spread made from mashed chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic; used especially as a dip for pita; originated in the Middle East
paste, spread - a tasty mixture to be spread on bread or crackers or used in preparing other dishes
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I thought the lounge's assorted cold and hot mezze platter, with hommus, mutabbal, tabboulet, kebbeh, samboussek and fatayer, would be an excellent choice to try as many of the lounge's appetizers.
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He added that political leaders, who have nothing to offer their people, "can always find a huge dish of hommus to offer them filled with hate, hate of Arab workers, hate of house maids, hate of the poor and hate of the marginalized people.
Hommus or za'atar sandwiches, nuts, apples, bananas, and yogurt are nourishing snacks, satisfying hunger.
I opted for hommus blahme ($8), chick pea and tahini dip, topped with sauteed ground meat.
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