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1. A pasta of North African origin made of semolina or other grains, formed into small pellets and usually steamed.
2. A North African dish consisting of this pasta served with stewed vegetables or meat.

[French, from Arabic kuskus, from kaskasa, to pulverize; see kšš in Semitic roots.]


(ˈkuːskuːs) or


1. (Cookery) a type of semolina originating from North Africa, consisting of granules of crushed durum wheat
2. (Cookery) a spicy North African dish consisting of steamed semolina with meat, vegetables, or fruit C17: via French from Arabic kouskous, from kaskasa to pound until fine


(ˈkus kus)

1. a North African dish of steamed semolina served usu. with a spicy stew.
2. the granular semolina used in this dish.
[1590–1600; < French < Arabic kuskus,kuskusū < Berber seksu]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.couscous - a spicy dish that originated in northern Africa; consists of pasta steamed with a meat and vegetable stew
dish - a particular item of prepared food; "she prepared a special dish for dinner"
2.couscous - a pasta made in northern Africa of crushed and steamed semolina
alimentary paste, pasta - shaped and dried dough made from flour and water and sometimes egg


[ˈkuːskuːs] n (= grain) → couscous m (= dish) → couscous m


nCouscous m


[ˈkuːskuːs] n (Culin) → cuscus m inv
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The sad irony is that, while Israel appropriated Palestinian-Arabic couscous (the Palestinian dish, in particular, is known as " maftoul "), branding and marketing it in Western countries as "Israeli couscous," its supporters go to every extent possible to erase any reference that may validate Palestinian Arab culture, whether Muslim or Christian.
Along with hummus, falafel and maftoul, kunafah is a foodstuff that has been erroneously promoted as Israeli in an act of cultural appropriation.
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