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nigiri-zushi

[ni-geer-ee-zoo-shee] /nɪˈgɪər iˈzu ʃi/
noun
1.
See under sushi.
Origin
< Japanese

sushi

[soo-shee] /ˈsu ʃi/
noun, Japanese Cookery.
1.
cold boiled rice moistened with rice vinegar, usually shaped into bite-size pieces and topped with raw seafood (nigiri-zushi) or formed into a long seaweed-wrapped roll, often around strips of vegetable or raw fish, and sliced into bite-size pieces (maki-zushi)
Compare sashimi.
Origin
1895-1900; < literary Japanese: literally, it is sour
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British Dictionary definitions for nigiri-zushi

sushi

/ˈsuːʃɪ/
noun
1.
a Japanese dish consisting of small cakes of cold rice with a topping esp of raw fish
Word Origin
from Japanese
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Word Origin and History for nigiri-zushi

sushi

n.

1893, from Japanese.

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Encyclopedia Article for nigiri-zushi

sushi

a staple rice dish of Japanese cuisine, consisting of cooked rice flavoured with vinegar and a variety of vegetable, egg, or raw seafood garnishes and served cold. Restaurants specializing in sushi abound in Japan, where subtleties of preparation find a discriminating clientele.

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