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[shee-ee-tah-key] /ˌʃi iˈtɑ keɪ/
noun, plural shiitake.
a large, meaty, black or dark brown mushroom, Lentinus edodes, native to eastern Asia and frequently used in Japanese and Chinese cookery.
Origin of shiitake
1875-80; < Japanese, equivalent to shii oak (earlier siwi < sifi < *sipi) + take mushroom (perhaps ta field + ke(y) hair) Unabridged
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  • High-value gourmet mushrooms, such an shiitake or oyster, may be grown on logs or wood chips in a forest setting.
British Dictionary definitions for shiitake


noun (pl) -take
a kind of mushroom widely used in Oriental cookery
Word Origin
C20: from Japanese shii tree + take mushroom
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Word Origin and History for shiitake

1877, from Japanese, from shii, name of several types of evergreen trees, + take "mushroom."

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