[ oo-mah-mee ]
/ uˈmɑ mi /
a strong meaty taste imparted by glutamate and certain other amino acids: often considered to be one of the basic taste sensations along with sweet, sour, bitter, and salty.
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Origin of umami
First recorded in 1960–65; from Japanese: literally, “savory quality, delicious taste,” equivalent to uma-, stem of umai “delicious” + -mi, suffix forming abstract nouns from adjectives
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Example sentences from the Web for umami
This unsmoked, wet-cured ham is the sine qua non of Parisian butcher shops: a light, ephemeral meat, sweet but umami.
If “umami” was recently accepted into the lexicon...maybe “tomato-ey” isn't that far behind.