[ soo-shee ]

nounJapanese Cooking.
  1. cold boiled rice moistened with rice vinegar, usually shaped into bite-size pieces and topped with raw seafood (nigiri), formed around strips of vegetable or raw fish into a cylindrical seaweed-wrapped roll that is sliced into bite-size pieces (maki), or wrapped together with strips of vegetable or raw fish in a sheet of dried seaweed and rolled into a cone shape (temaki).

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Origin of sushi

First recorded in 1895–1900; from Japanese: “sour, sour rice”

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British Dictionary definitions for sushi


/ (ˈsuːʃɪ) /

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

Origin of sushi

from Japanese

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