- See under sushi.
Origin of nigiri-zushi
- cold boiled rice moistened with rice vinegar, usually shaped into bite-size pieces and topped with raw seafood (nigiri-zushi) or formed into a long seaweed-wrapped roll, often around strips of vegetable or raw fish, and sliced into bite-size pieces (maki-zushi).
Origin of sushi
1895–1900; < literary Japanese: literally, it is sour
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- a Japanese dish consisting of small cakes of cold rice with a topping esp of raw fish
Word Origin and History for nigiri-zushi
1893, from Japanese.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper