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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.]


(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]


(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


[təˈmɑːl>ɪ] Ntamal m
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We whacked this up, shared it, and sometimes loaned all of what was left of it when one of us needed it for some more gorgeous girl- adventure, such as car-fare out to Blair's Park and back--twenty cents, bang, just like that; and ice-cream for two--thirty cents; or tamales in a tamale-parlour, which came cheaper and which for two cost only twenty cents.
She had known personally but one Mexican, who made and sold excellent tamales, and whom she would have trusted implicitly, so softspoken was he.
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Ruqiya Ahmad, a 25-year-old volunteer has gone all the way to Tamale, Ghana, on her own to distribute her donations to more than 300 people this Ramadan.
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AWAOs morning flights to Tamale will be operated on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Needless to say, I was terrified I was going to ruin the tamale day tradition with some nasty-tasting masa.