pemican


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pem·mi·can

also pem·i·can  (pĕm′ĭ-kən)
n.
1. A food prepared by Native Americans from lean dried strips of meat pounded into paste, mixed with fat and berries, and pressed into small cakes.
2. A food made chiefly from beef, dried fruit, and suet, used as emergency rations.

[Cree pimihkān, from pimihkēw, he makes grease, makes pemmican, from Proto-Algonquian *pemihkēwa : *pemyi, grease + *-ehkē-, to make, gather.]
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Noun1.pemican - lean dried meat pounded fine and mixed with melted fatpemican - lean dried meat pounded fine and mixed with melted fat; used especially by North American Indians
meat - the flesh of animals (including fishes and birds and snails) used as food
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I joined them for a meal of victuals," recalled Healy, "and we had a lump of pemican in the middle of the table and a tomahawk, and a bowl of water, and he said, `We haven't got any sugar or bread, nothing only pemican.
Paul Press by the Manitoban of October 23 which observed sarcastically that crimes had been committed: "Good for the Press, but what of the corduroys, and the capots, and the pemican at Pembina Post?