Definition of "couscous" [cous•cous]

  • A pasta of North African origin made of crushed and steamed semolina. (noun)
  • A North African dish consisting of pasta steamed with a meat and vegetable stew. (noun)

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Use "couscous" in a sentence
  • "The word couscous also refers to the feast meal itself, typically a platter of couscous served alongside a richly spiced stew of beef or lamb and vegetables."
  • "Stir cilantro in couscous and serve with salmon and broccoli drizzled with olive oil."
  • "But on the Mediterranean's southern coast, couscous is the carb of choice, dried fruits abound, and lemon juice replaces vinegar (a blessing for migraine sufferers like myself.)"