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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Add remaining ingredients, except olives, couscous and parsley.
▪ I was beginning to come down from the couscous, and the street looked almost normal.
▪ If desired, pour a little soy sauce over the couscous before serving.
▪ In a small saucepan, heat chicken stock and butter to boiling and pour over couscous.
▪ Place the couscous in a casserole dish.
▪ Remove from heat, pour over couscous in a mixing bowl, and let stand until cool.
▪ Serve it over a bed of warm couscous.
▪ Who said couscous before, was it you Raychelle?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Couscous \Cous"cous`\ (k??s"k??s`), n. A kind of food used by the natives of Western Africa, made of millet flour with flesh, and leaves of the baobab; -- called also lalo.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1600, from French couscous (16c.), ultimately from Arabic kuskus, from kaskasa "to pound, he pounded."


n. A pasta of North African origin made of crushed and steamed semolina.

  1. n. a spicy dish that originated in northern Africa; consists of pasta steamed with a meat and vegetable stew

  2. a pasta made in northern Africa of crushed and steamed semolina


Couscous ( Arabic: الكسكس Kuskus - Berber: ⵙⵉⴽⵙⵓ Seksu) is a North African dish of small steamed balls of semolina, usually served with a stew spooned on top. Couscous is a staple food throughout the North African cuisines of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Mauritania and Libya and to a lesser extent in the Middle East and Trapani in Sicily.

Usage examples of "couscous".

Cousin Faisal showed us around the beautiful Roman houses in the ruins at nearby Bulla Regia, and his wife, Mona, and her mother spent a day preparing the lamb couscous of Beja, full of nuts and dates and very sweet.

The steam from bowls of couscous and stews of mutton and vegetables curled up to join the thin smoke that made a light curtain about this fantasia, and from time to time, with a shrill cry of exultation, a half-naked form, all gleaming eyes and teeth and polished bronze-hued limbs, rushed out of the blackness beyond the fire, leaped through the tongues of flame and vanished like a spectre into the embrace of the night.

On her previous trip to Tunisia, in the city of Sfax, Paula had heard about a meatless couscous dish flavored with fennel greens, onions, and spices.

Cassandra, who was now a star student at an eminent film school, lent them a fiver from her grant whenever she could and always bought them a packet of gammon steaks which were their favourite -- although they told friends they had to eat couscous at least twice a week or they would die.

They walked down to Old Compton Street, on the edge of Soho, where the tawdry and the chic sit side by side to the benefit of both, and they ate at La Reache, filling up on couscous and dozens of marvelous plates of exotic food, which covered their table and spilled over onto an unused table nearby, and they walked from there to a small pub Sylvia liked in nearby Berwick Street, and they had a few drinks, and they chatted.

He ate couscous and drank akvavit and smoked Acapulco gold, all in their native environment.