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[sah-shee-mee; Japanese sah-shee-mee]
noun Japanese Cookery.
  1. raw fish cut into very thin slices.
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Origin of sashimi

1875–80; < Japanese sashi stabbing + mi(y) body (< *mui)
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British Dictionary definitions for sashimi


  1. a Japanese dish of thin fillets of raw fish
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Word Origin for sashimi

C19: from Japanese sashi pierce + mi flesh
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Word Origin and History for sashimi


"thin slices of raw fish," 1880, from Japanese, from sashi "pierce" + mi "flesh."

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