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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).
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Origin of sushi

1895–1900; < literary Japanese: literally, it is sour
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  1. a Japanese dish consisting of small cakes of cold rice with a topping esp of raw fish
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Word Origin for sushi

from Japanese
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Word Origin and History for sushi


1893, from Japanese.

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