nigiri-zushi

[ni-geer-ee-zoo-shee]

Origin of nigiri-zushi

From Japanese

sushi

[soo-shee]
noun Japanese Cookery.
  1. 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).
Compare sashimi.

Origin of sushi

1895–1900; < literary Japanese: literally, it is sour
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British Dictionary definitions for nigiri-zushi

sushi

noun
  1. a Japanese dish consisting of small cakes of cold rice with a topping esp of raw fish

Word Origin for sushi

from Japanese
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Word Origin and History for nigiri-zushi

sushi

n.

1893, from Japanese.

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