Definitions for tamaletəˈmɑ li
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
minced and seasoned meat packed in cornmeal dough, wrapped in corn husks, and steamed.
Origin of tamale:
1850–55; MexSp tamales, pl. of tamal < Nahuatl tamalli Amerind
a city in northern Ghana
corn and cornmeal dough stuffed with a meat mixture then wrapped in corn husks and steamed
Mexican dish of cornmeal dough shell filled with various ingredients (e.g. chopped beef, pork, sweet filling) then steamed in corn husks.
Origin: plural tamales, from tamales, plural of tamal, from tamalli .