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[nawr-ee] /ˈnɔr i/
noun, plural noris.
a seaweed having a mildly sweet, salty taste, usually dried, used in Japanese cookery mainly as a wrap for sushi. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nori
  • 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.
  • Scatter snipped nori and toasted sesame seeds over steamed white or brown rice.
  • It lives on, and digests, several species including those used to make nori.
British Dictionary definitions for nori


an edible seaweed often used in Japanese cookery, esp for wrapping sushi or rice balls
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Encyclopedia Article for 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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