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hu·mus 1 (hyməs)
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A brown or black organic substance consisting of partially or wholly decayed vegetable or animal matter that provides nutrients for plants and increases the ability of soil to retain water.

[Latin, soil; see dhghem- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

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hum·us 2 (hməs, hŭm-)
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Variant of hummus.

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hum·mus also hum·us or hom·mos (hməs, hŭm-)
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A smooth thick mixture of mashed chickpeas, tahini, oil, lemon juice, and garlic, used especially as a dip for pita.

[Colloquial Arabic ummu, chickpeas, variant of Arabic imma, immi, possibly of Aramaic origin; akin to Syriac em(m)ē, chickpeas.]

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