/pem"i keuhn/, n.
dried meat pounded into a powder and mixed with hot fat and dried fruits or berries, pressed into a loaf or into small cakes, originally prepared by North American Indians.
Also, pemican.
[1735-45; < Cree pimihka·n, deriv. of pimihke·w he makes pemmican (mixing together the grease and other ingredients), he makes grease < Proto-Algonquian *pemihke·wa, equiv. to *pemy- grease + *-ehke· make]

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