- 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
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Examples from the Web for 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
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