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mochi

[moh-chee] /ˈmoʊ tʃi/
noun
1.
cooked and pounded glutinous rice formed into various shapes and used to make traditional Japanese sweets and other dishes (often used attributively): mochi balls;
mochi ice cream.
Origin of mochi
1880-1890
Borrowed into English from Japanese around 1880-90
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  • His body is like a lump of mochi pastry, and his limbs like dango dumplings.

    Japanese Fairy World William Elliot Griffis
  • The merriment of the season is materially heightened by the making of the mochi.

    A Japanese Boy Shigemi Shiukichi
  • The August Princes have presented themselves before the King for three days to receive gifts of mochi.

  • For Kagé there has been soft rice paste (mochi) and dumpling (dango) in unstinted quantities.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville
  • Great balls of mochi, sak, flowers, and choice new varieties of vegetables are appropriate offerings.

    Japanese Girls and Women Alice Mabel Bacon

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