Definition of pemmican in English:

pemmican

noun

mass noun
  • A pressed cake of pounded dried meat mixed to a paste with melted fat and other ingredients, originally made by North American Indians and later adapted by Arctic explorers.

    • ‘Native Americans once used the fruit to make pemmican, a type of meat jerky.’
    • ‘These slabs may have been used in the manufacture of pemmican, for pounding dried meat into a powder or for breaking bison bones.’
    • ‘Having partaken heartily of frozen pemmican, I stuffed my pocket, bundled the rest into a bag on the sledge, and started off in high glee, stimulated in body and mind.’
    • ‘It was also made into pemmican, a mixture of ground buffalo meat, service berries, and marrow grease.’
    • ‘They were mostly French Canadians, they drank lake water mixed with wine and ate nothing but buffalo pemmican, and they sang the land alive.’

Origin

From Cree pimecan, from pime ‘fat’.

Pronunciation

pemmican

/ˈpɛmɪk(ə)n/