Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Mexican dish made of Indian corn and meat, seasoned with red peppers, wrapped in husks and roasted or steamed.
- n. A Mexican dish made of Indian corn and meat, seasoned with red peppers.
- n. Alternative form of tamale (Mexican food dish).
- From Spanish tamal, from Nahuatl tamalli ("wrapped"). (Wiktionary)
“The word tamal is used to refer to many types of leaf-wrapped food, not only the familiar corn dough tamales.”
“You can stand tamales in front of each other; just make sure that the open end of the tamal is facing upward.”
“This tamal is 3 feet long, weighs about 150 pounds, and requires most of the leaves of a banana tree to wrap it.”
“Her tamal is different, but I had another sil who made them like that you pictured.”
“Another regional tamal is the uchepo, made with fresh, rather than dried, corn and served bathed with cream or as an accompaniment to stews.”
“It's a big operation here, and one of Fran's sisters comes over as the main tamal chef in charge.”
“Although it contains no corn dough, this dish is called a tamal because of its cornhusk wrapping.”
“Tell me more about the enchiladas and the "tamal".”
“The "tamal", whose real name is something else, consists of a tangy crab filling wrapped in multiple tortillas, then in a banana leaf.”
“(By the way, the singular is "tamal", without the "e" on the end).”
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