Definition of pemmican in English:



  • A paste of dried and pounded meat mixed with melted fat and other ingredients, originally made by North American Indians and later adapted by Arctic explorers.

    ‘These slabs may have been used in the manufacture of pemmican, for pounding dried meat into a powder or for breaking bison bones.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’



/ˈpemək(ə)n/ /ˈpɛmək(ə)n/


From Cree pimecan, from pime ‘fat’.