from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A spicy North African sauce made from chili peppers, garlic, cumin, and other seasonings.
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- n. A North African spice mix, containing chillis, garlic and salt, used as both a condiment and an ingredient.
- n. A traditional Armenian dish similar to keşkek; a kind of homogeneous porridge made of previously stewed and boned chicken and coarsely ground soaked wheat.
Arabic harīsa, dish of pounded meat and bulgur, from harasa, to pound; see hrs in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Apparently from Arabic ("break into pieces").This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology. (Wiktionary)