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[tem-poo r-uh] /tɛmˈpʊər ə/
noun, Japanese Cookery.
seafood or vegetables dipped in batter and deep-fried.
Origin of tempura
1935-40; < Japanese tenpura, allegedly < Portuguese tempêro seasoning, taste (derivative of temperar to season < Latin temperāre; see temper) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for tempura
  • 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.
  • Start with shrimp tempura before moving on to a scallop hibachi dinner or lobster and filet mignon.
  • Menu selections include tempura, sushi, noodles or teriyaki.
  • Desserts include the tempura ice cream and the chocolate mousse cake.
  • For dessert, try the unusual and beautifully presented tempura ice cream.
  • Eclectic dining options include such dishes as chicken nachos, veggie pizzas and tempura shrimp.
  • Shiitake mushrooms are stuffed with a mousse of fish and scallop, coated in tempura batter and fried.
British Dictionary definitions for tempura


a Japanese dish of seafood or vegetables dipped in batter and deep-fried, often at the table
Word Origin
from Japanese: fried food
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Word Origin and History for tempura

1920, from Japanese, probably from Portuguese tempero "seasoning."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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tempura in Technology

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

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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