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pemmican Mixture of dried, powdered meat and fat, with berries, used as a concentrated food source by native Americans (the name derives from the Cree for grease). First reported use on an expedition was by Scottish fur trader Alexander Mackenzie when he crossed North America in 1793.

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pemmican (pĕm´Ĭkən), a travel food of the Native North American. Slices of lean venison or buffalo meat were sun dried, pounded to a paste, and packed with melted fat in rawhide bags. Dried currants or wild berries were sometimes included in the paste. Pacific coast Native Americans used a similar fish compound.

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pemmican (among N. Amer. Indians) meat prepared by drying, pounding, mixing with fat, etc. XVIII. of Algonquian orig.

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