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[dahy-kuh n, -kon] /ˈdaɪ kən, -kɒn/
a large, elongated, white winter radish, Raphanus sativus longipinnatus, used especially in Asian cuisine and sometimes pickled.
Also called Chinese radish, Oriental radish.
Origin of daikon
1890-95; < Japanese < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese big + gēn root Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The daikon is soused in brine and rice bran, kept weighted down under heavy stones, and allowed "to ripen" for some weeks.

    The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari James S. De Benneville
  • There is daikon production up to the value of about a million yen.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • This daikon is very cheap, and is a chief part of the diet of that small portion of the population that cannot afford rice.

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • The island is celebrated for thermal springs, oranges and daikon (radishes), which sometimes grow to a weight of 70 ℔.

  • One of the islands we visited bore the name of the giant radish, daikon, which is itself a corruption of the word for octopus.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • O'Iwa needs but little; a stalk of daikon (radish) and a handful of wheat (mugi).

    The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari James S. De Benneville
  • Ah, its a miserable girl I am—and Ive cooked his daikon and mended his hakama a hundred times.

    Japanese Fairy Tales Grace James
  • Also I am afraid that you would not like the odours of fish below stairs, of daikon, and of other things all mixed up together.

  • In addition to the roots sent into Tokyo, there is a large export trade in daikon salted in casks.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • Then they spread a great feast; red rice and daikon and fish, and who knows what all besides, and the very best sak to drink.

    Japanese Fairy Tales Grace James
British Dictionary definitions for daikon


another name for mooli
Word Origin
C20: Japanese, from dai big + kon root
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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