A Mexican dish made of chopped meat and crushed peppers, highly seasoned, wrapped in cornhusks spread with masa, and steamed.
[Back-formed singular from plural tamales, from Latin American Spanish tamales, plural of tamal, tamale, from Nahuatl tamalli, of Proto-Uto-Aztecan origin, compare Tohono O'odham čïmait, tortilla, Hopi tïma, stone griddle for cooking corn flatbread, and Southern Paiute tïʔma-, to roast under ashes.]
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