Definition of Pemmican

1. Noun. Lean dried meat pounded fine and mixed with melted fat; used especially by North American Indians.

Exact synonyms: Pemican
Generic synonyms: Meat



Definition of Pemmican

1. n. Among the North American Indians, meat cut in thin slices, divested of fat, and dried in the sun.

2. n. A treatise of much thought in little compass.

Definition of Pemmican

1. Noun. A food made from meat which has been dried and beaten into a paste, mixed with berries and rendered fat, and shaped into little patties. ¹

2. Noun. An emergency ration of meat and fruit. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Pemmican

1. a food prepared by North American Indians [n -S]

Medical Definition of Pemmican

1. 1. Among the North American Indians, meat cut in thin slices, divested of fat, and dried in the sun. "Then on pemican they feasted." (Longfellow) 2. Meat, without the fat, cut in thin slices, dried in the sun, pounded, then mixed with melted fat and sometimes dried fruit, and compressed into cakes or in bags. It contains much nutriment in small compass, and is of great use in long voyages of exploration. Origin: Written also pemican. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pemmican

pelviureterography
pelvivertebral angle
pelvocephalography
pelvoscopy
pelvospondylitis ossificans
pelyco-
pelycosaur
pelycosaurs
pembina
pembinas
pembrokes
pemetrexed
pemican
pemicans
pemmican (current term)
pemmicans
pemoline
pemolines
pemphigoid
pemphigous
pemphigus
pemphigus acutus
pemphigus contagiosus
pemphigus erythematosus
pemphigus foliaceus
pemphigus gangrenosus
pemphigus leprosus
pemphigus vegetans

Literary usage of Pemmican

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1. The Ghost-dance Religion and the Sioux Outbreak of 1890 by James Mooney (1896)
"This song refers to the pemmican or preparation of dried and pounded meat, which formerly formed a favorite food of the prairie tribes, and which the author ..."

2. The History of Minnesota: From the Earliest French Explorations to the by Edward Duffield Neill (1858)
"Much of the meat is useless in consequence of the heat of the season; but the skins are dressed, the tongues cured, and pemmican prepared.1 The last buffalo ..."

3. Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal, Exhibiting a View of the Progressive by Robert Jameson, Sir William Jardine, Henry D Rogers (1852)
"On the mode of manufacturing pemmican.—In April 1847, I had the advantage of an interview with Sir George Simpson, Go- vernor-in-chief of Rupert's Land, ..."

4. Arctic Experiences: Containing Capt. George E. Tyson's Wonderful Drift on by Euphemia Vale Blake (1874)
"We are out of seal-meat, and to-day dine on pemmican and bread. ... Some people like this pemmican; it is made of beef cut in thin slices and dried, ..."

5. Food and Its Adulterations: Comprising the Reports of the Analytical by Arthur Hill Hassall (1855)
"pemmican. pemmican consists of the muscular fibre of beef, baked, and reduced to ... The article in this state constitutes what is known as common pemmican. ..."

6. The Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal (1852)
"On the mode of manufacturing pemmican.—In April 1847, I had the advantage of an interview with Sir George Simpson, Go- vernor-in-chief of Rupert's Land, ..."

7. Narrative of the Arctic Land Expedition to the Mouth of the Great Fish River by George Back (1836)
"—Indians return with the pemmican. — Stock of Provisions. — An Indian Belle. — A Reindeer Hunt. THERE is something exciting in the first start even upon an ..."

8. The Heroes of the Arctic and Their Adventures by Frederick Whymper (1889)
"His plan was to follow the ice-belt to the Great Glacier of Humboldt, there loading UP with pemmican from a cache or depot previously made. ..."

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