nori

[nawr-ee]
noun, plural noris.
a seaweed having a mildly sweet, salty taste, usually dried, used in Japanese cookery mainly as a wrap for sushi.
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nori (ˈnɔːrɪ)
 
n
an edible seaweed often used in Japanese cookery, esp for wrapping sushi or rice balls
 
[Japanese]

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nori

any member of the genus Porphyra, a group of marine red algae. The thallus, a sheet of cells embedded in a thin gelatinous stratum, varies in colour from deep brown or red to pink; sexual reproductive structures are borne at the margin. Laver grows near the high-water mark of the intertidal zone in both Northern and Southern hemispheres. It grows best in nitrogen-rich water, such as is found near sewage outlets. Laver is harvested, dried, and used as food in greater amounts than any other seaweed. A major food crop, it is cultivated on ropes in extensive inshore fields in East Asia. It is used as a soup base, as a flavouring for other food, and as a covering for rice-filled sushi. On the Welsh and Scottish coasts, it is sometimes grilled on toast (sloke) and is reported to have an oysterlike taste

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Example sentences
Mi nori ty applicants are strongly encouraged to apply.
Because sushi gets rolled up, it isn't necessary to cover every last bit of
  nori with rice.
Rice-puff-crusted shrimp is rolled up in a blanket of warm rice and nori.
Starters include nori rolls and hummus, salads and sandwiches, including tofu
  panini and portobello panini.
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