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[dahy-kuh n, -kon]
  1. a large, elongated, white winter radish, Raphanus sativus longipinnatus, used especially in Asian cuisine and sometimes pickled.
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Origin of daikon

1890–95; < Japanese < Middle Chinese, equivalent to Chinese big + gēn root
Also called Chinese radish, Oriental radish.
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Historical Examples of daikon

  • There is daikon production up to the value of about a million yen.

    The Foundations of Japan

    J.W. Robertson Scott

  • Ah, its a miserable girl I am—and Ive cooked his daikon and mended his hakama a hundred times.

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

  • He found near by a shop for the sale of everything, from tobacco to daikon (radish), both odoriferous, yet lacking perfume.

British Dictionary definitions for daikon


  1. another name for mooli
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Word Origin for daikon

C20: Japanese, from dai big + kon root
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