from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A smooth thick mixture of mashed chickpeas, tahini, oil, lemon juice, and garlic, used especially as a dip for pita.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A Levantine Arab dip made of chickpea paste with various additions, such as olive oil, fresh garlic, lemon juice, and tahini, often eaten with pitta bread, or as a meze. It is mostly eaten in the Levant.
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- n. a thick spread made from mashed chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and garlic; used especially as a dip for pita; originated in the Middle East
Colloquial Arabic ḥummuṣ, chickpea, variant of Arabic ḥimmaṣ, ḥimmiṣ.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Turkish humus or Arabic حمص (ħummuṣ) (Wiktionary)