hummus (HUH-mihs) listen
hummus (KHOO-moos) listen
hummus (KHUM-mihs) listen
Hummus (KHOO-moos) listen


  • n. A puree of ground chickpeas and sesame seeds.

Example Sentences

  • "The best hummus in Israel is in Haifa."

  • "Can I have a bit more chumus to dip my pitta in?" (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Arabic / Judeo-Arabic
  • Modern Hebrew


  • MH חוּמוּס khúmus

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Israel: Diaspora Jews who feel connected to Israel and have spent time there
      • Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)


      • North America
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      chumus, humus, khumus, chummus, khummus, houmus, choumus, khoumus, hoummus, choummus, khoummus, homus, chomus, khomus, hommus, chommus, khommus

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