• WordNet 3.6
    • n pemican lean dried meat pounded fine and mixed with melted fat; used especially by North American Indians
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pemican a North American Indian preparation, consisting of lean venison, dried, pounded, and pressed into cakes, now made of beef and used in Arctic expeditions, &c.
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In literature:

At the Great Slave, Hudson Bay dogs were purchased, and the fleet sank to the guards with its added burden of dried fish and pemican.
"The Son of the Wolf" by Jack London
All knowledge can be put into a kind of pemican, so that we can have it condensed.
"The Complete Essays of C. D. Warner" by Charles Dudley Warner
Many women came and made them presents of food, dried meat, pemican, and berries.
"Blackfeet Indian Stories" by George Bird Grinnell
The pemican is buffalo meat, dried hard, and pounded in a wooden mortar.
"History, Manners, and Customs of the North American Indians" by George Mogridge
They ate pounded meat called pemican and the wild rice that grew by the river-bank and golden-yellow cakes of Indian corn.
"The Story of Hiawatha" by Winston Stokes
Pemican is buffalo flesh, dried in flakes and then pounded between two stones.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 63, No. 389, March 1848" by Various