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A Mexican dish made of chopped meat and crushed peppers, highly seasoned, wrapped in cornhusks spread with masa, and steamed.

[From American Spanish tamales, pl. of tamal, tamale, from Nahuatl tamalli.]
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(Cookery) a Mexican dish made of minced meat mixed with crushed maize and seasonings, wrapped in maize husks and steamed
[C19: erroneously for tamal, from Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl tamalli]
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(təˈmɑ li)

n., pl. -les.
minced and seasoned meat packed in cornmeal dough, wrapped in corn husks, and steamed.
[1850–55; Mexican Spanish tamales, pl. of tamal < Nahuatl tamalliAmerind]
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Noun1.Tamale - a city in northern Ghana
Ghana, Gold Coast, Republic of Ghana - a republic in West Africa on the Gulf of Guinea; "Ghana was colonized as the Gold Coast by the British"
2.tamale - corn and cornmeal dough stuffed with a meat mixture then wrapped in corn husks and steamedtamale - corn and cornmeal dough stuffed with a meat mixture then wrapped in corn husks and steamed
dish - a particular item of prepared food; "she prepared a special dish for dinner"
Mexico, United Mexican States - a republic in southern North America; became independent from Spain in 1810
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