noun Japanese Cookery.
seafood or vegetables dipped in batter and deep-fried.

1935–40; < Japanese tenpura, allegedly < Portuguese tempêro seasoning, taste (derivative of temperar to season < Latin temperāre; see temper)

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tempura (ˈtɛmpərə)
a Japanese dish of seafood or vegetables dipped in batter and deep-fried, often at the table
[from Japanese: fried food]

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Word Origin & History

1920, from Japanese, probably from Port. tempero "seasoning."
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Computing Dictionary

Tempura definition

Language based on temporal logic. "Executing Temporal Logic Programs", B. Moszkowski, Camb U Press 1986.

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Example sentences
Tempura is prawns or slices of fish and vegetables dipped in batter and fried.
She serves lionfish tempura once every two months, whenever she can convince
  fishermen to supply it to her.
Vegetarians have a wide selection of rolls available also, with sweet tofu,
  marinated pickle and yam tempura choices on offer.
Kids can choose from three meals all served with fruit, plus vegetarians are
  treated to meat-free sushi, tempura and noodles.
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