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A pressed cake of pounded dried meat mixed to a paste with melted fat and other ingredients, originally made by North American Indians and later adapted by Arctic explorers.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.’
- ‘It was also made into pemmican, a mixture of ground buffalo meat, service berries, and marrow grease.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘They were mostly French Canadians, they drank lake water mixed with wine and ate nothing but buffalo pemmican, and they sang the land alive.’
From Cree pimecan, from pime ‘fat’.
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