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[mee-soh; Japanese mee-saw] /ˈmi soʊ; Japanese ˈmi sɔ/
noun, Japanese Cookery.
a fermented seasoning paste of soybeans, often with rice or barley added, used to flavor soups and sauces.
Origin of miso
1720-30; < Japanese, probably < dialectal Korean, equivalent to Korean meju soybean malt


a combining form meaning “hate,” with the object of hatred specified by the following element:
Also, mis-.
< Greek, combining form of mīseîn to hate, mîsos hatred Unabridged
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  • His food, which he cooked himself, was chiefly rice and miso.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • Many of them carefully bring their own rice and miso, and are put up at a cost of about 10 sen a day.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
British Dictionary definitions for miso


a thick brown salty paste made from soya beans, used to flavour savoury dishes, esp soups
Word Origin
from Japanese


combining form
indicating hatred: misogyny
Word Origin
from Greek misos hatred
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Word Origin and History for miso

type of paste used in Japanese cooking, 1727, from Japanese.


word-forming element meaning "hater, hatred," before vowels, mis-, comb. form of Greek misos "hatred," misein "to hate." Productive as a word-forming element in ancient Greek, e.g. misoagathia "hatred of good or goodness;" misoponein "to hate work." Forming many compounds in English, most of them obscure or recherche, but some perhaps useful, e.g. misocapnic (adj.) "hating (tobacco) smoke," misocyny "hatred of dogs."

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miso in Medicine

miso- or mis-
Hatred: misogamy.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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