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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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