from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Cornmeal mush served with maple syrup, brown sugar, or other sweetening.
  • noun Chiefly British A mush made with flour or oatmeal.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A thick batter or pudding made of milk and flour boiled quickly together; also, oatmeal and water boiled together; porridge.
  • noun Specifically, in the United States, a batter made of Indian meal stirred into boiling water, boiled till thick enough to be palatable, and eaten with milk, or sometimes with butter or syrup; mush.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • United States A thick batter pudding made of Indian meal stirred into boiling water; mush.
  • engraving A batter or pudding made of flour or oatmeal, stirred into boiling water or milk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun a simple pudding or porridge of grains cooked in milk or water

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun cornmeal mush served with sweetening (maple syrup or brown sugar)
  • noun sweetened porridge made of tapioca or flour or oatmeal cooked quickly in milk or water


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