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nigiri

[ ni-geer-ee ]

noun

, Japanese Cooking.
  1. cold boiled rice moistened with rice vinegar, shaped into bite-size pieces and topped with raw seafood.


nigiri

/ niːˈɡiːriː /

noun

  1. (in Japanese cuisine) a small oval block of cold rice topped with wasabi and a thin slice of fish, prawn, etc, and sometimes held together by a thin band of seaweed


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Word History and Origins

Origin of nigiri1

First recorded in 1945–50; from Japanese nigiri-zushi, literally, “hand-pressed sushi, rolled sushi,” from nigiri “a gripping or grasping, handmade rice ball,” from nigiru “to grip, grasp, roll a lump of rice in the hand” + -zushi, combining form of sushi ( def )
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Word History and Origins

Origin of nigiri1

from Japanese, literally: grasp, as the rice is shaped by hand
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Example Sentences

Don’t come to Shibuya, co-owned by the chef’s wife, Candice Wise-Norris, expecting nigiri.

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