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

Borrowed into English from Japanese around 1880–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mochi

Historical Examples of mochi

  • 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.

  • Great balls of mochi, sak, flowers, and choice new varieties of vegetables are appropriate offerings.

    Japanese Girls and Women

    Alice Mabel Bacon