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

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  6. wasatch range,
  7. wash,
  8. wash dirty linen (laundry) in public,
  9. wash down,
  10. wash drawing

Origin of wasabi

(< New Latin) < Japanese

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British Dictionary definitions for wasabi



a Japanese cruciferous plant, Eutrema Wasabi, cultivated for its thick green pungent root
the root of this plant, esp in paste or powder form, used as a condiment in Japanese cookery

Word Origin for wasabi


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Word Origin and History for wasabi



herb root used in cooking, 1903, from Japanese.

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