sushi

[soo-shee]
noun Japanese Cookery.
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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sushi (ˈsuːʃɪ)
 
n
a Japanese dish consisting of small cakes of cold rice with a topping esp of raw fish
 
[from Japanese]

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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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Example sentences
Fish misidentification is especially common at sushi restaurants, partly
  because they use various names for the same fish.
Serve the salmon with sushi rice if you have time, or simply steam some
  fragrant jasmine rice.
He even had one of his friends teach us how to make sushi.
It is an essential food source for many marine animals such as cod or lobster,
  as well as a common ingredient in sushi.
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