pemican









pemican


noun

  1. dried meat pounded into a powder and mixed with hot fat and dried fruits or berries, pressed into a loaf or into small cakes, originally prepared by North American Indians.

noun

  1. a small pressed cake of shredded dried meat, pounded into paste with fat and berries or dried fruits, used originally by American Indians and now chiefly for emergency rations

n.1791, from Cree (Algonquian) /pimihka:n/ from /pimihke:w/ “he makes grease,” from pimiy “grease, fat.” Lean meat, dried, pounded and mixed with congealed fat and ground berries and formed into cakes used on long journeys. Also used figuratively for “extremely condensed thought or matter.”

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