noundialect, historical US
Maize prepared by pounding and boiling, for use in food or drink; hominy.
Tom Fuller is particularly associated with the Choctaw people.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Missionary Herald (Boston). From Choctaw ta̱fula (pronounced/tãfola/, i.e. with a nasal vowel in the first syllable) hominy, (now also sometimes) hominy cooked with meat.