[ oo-muh-boh-shee; Japanese oo-me-baw-shee ]
/ ˌu məˈboʊ ʃi; Japanese ˌu mɛˈbɔ ʃi /
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noun, plural u·me·bo·shis.
a salty and tart Japanese condiment made from unripened plums pickled in a brine.
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Origin of umeboshi
First recorded in 1820–30; from Japanese ume “Japanese apricot” + -boshi, combining form of hoshi “a drying,” verbal noun from hosu (Old Japanese posu ) “to dry”
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How to use umeboshi in a sentence
After a night of too much sake, the Japanese rely on a type of dried sour plums called umeboshi.