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couscous (n.)

c. 1600, North African dish originally made from crushed durum wheat, from French couscous (16c.), ultimately from Arabic kuskus, from kaskasa "to pound, he pounded."

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Definitions of couscous from WordNet

couscous (n.)
a spicy dish that originated in northern Africa; consists of pasta steamed with a meat and vegetable stew;
couscous (n.)
a pasta made in northern Africa of crushed and steamed semolina;
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