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  1. an Asian plant, Eutrema wasabi, of the mustard family.
  2. the pungent, greenish root of this plant, which can be grated and used as a condiment.
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Origin of wasabi

(< New Latin) < Japanese
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  1. a Japanese cruciferous plant, Eutrema Wasabi, cultivated for its thick green pungent root
  2. the root of this plant, esp in paste or powder form, used as a condiment in Japanese cookery
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Word Origin and History for wasabi


herb root used in cooking, 1903, from Japanese.

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