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.

Origin of umami

1975–80; < Japanese: savory quality, delicious taste Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of umami

  • This unsmoked, wet-cured ham is the sine qua non of Parisian butcher shops: a light, ephemeral meat, sweet but umami.

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    Easter's Top Five Hams

    Mark Scarbrough

    March 30, 2010

  • If “umami” was recently accepted into the lexicon...maybe “tomato-ey” isn't that far behind.

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    The Only Food That Matters

    Katie Workman

    August 18, 2009