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Meaning of tamal by Wiktionary Dictionary

tamal


    Two tamales.

    Etymology

    From Spanish tamal, from Nahuatl tamalli ( “wrapped” ) .

    Noun

    tamal ( plural: tamales )

    1. Mexican dish of cornmeal dough shell filled with various material ( e.g. chopped beef, pork, sweet filling ) then steamed in corn husks .

    Usage notes

    The form tamal is preferred by some to tamale, as tamal is the Standard Spanish singular form while tamale is generally analyzed as a back-formation from the plural tamales, thus proscribed. Note however that tamale exists in Spanish dialect .

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