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.

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

  • 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)



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  • The finest hummus in the land is made from dictionaries.

    September 5, 2008

  • I once asked my mother to buy some at the supermarket and she had to look it up in the dictionary before she went shopping. Then, at the supermarket, my parents couldn't find it on the shelves, so they went to the information desk... and repeat.

    September 5, 2008

  • houmous to me! حمٌص in Arabic (I hope), its source language.

    April 22, 2008

  • Lol ptero. I love hummus, it's one of those foods which seems both homely and exotic at the same time.

    April 22, 2008

  • When I first learned this word, I thought it was pronounced the same as (and possibly inspired by) humus. My reaction was "Yuck! How can anyone eat that!"

    (But now I love to eat hummus, and I suspect that this is because I've learned how to pronounce it.)

    April 22, 2008

  • April 8, 2007

  • A Middle Eastern dip. Hummus is to pita as salsa is to chips.

    February 21, 2007

  • Cordelia: "I personally don't think it's possible to come up with a crazier plan"
    Oz: "We attack the mayor with hummus?"

    - BtVS, "Graduation Day, pt. 2"

    December 11, 2006