umami

[ oo-mah-mee ]
/ uˈmɑ mi /

noun

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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