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[ san-toh-koo ]
/ sænˈtoʊ ku /


a multipurpose Japanese kitchen knife, usually 5 to 7 inches long, with a fairly straight cutting edge and rounded tip.

Nearby words

santir, santo, santo andré, santo domingo, santo tomé de guayana, santoku, santolina, santonica, santonin, santorin, santorini

Origin of santoku

First recorded in 2000–05; from Japanese: literally, “three virtues, three uses” (slicing, dicing, mincing), from san “three” + -toku “use, virtue” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019