an Asian plant, Eutrema wasabi, of the mustard family.
the pungent, greenish root of this plant, which can be grated and used as a condiment.

(< Neo-Latin) < Japanese

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wasabi (wəˈsɑːbɪ)
1.  a Japanese cruciferous plant, Eutrema Wasabi, cultivated for its thick green pungent root
2.  the root of this plant, esp in paste or powder form, used as a condiment in Japanese cookery

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herb root used in cooking, 1903, from Japanese.
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Example sentences
Wasabi loses much of its flavor and pungency within minutes after it's grated,
  and so its preparation is timely.
Instead, trust has dissolved faster than wasabi in soy sauce.
Cooked medium rare as ordered, it arrived atop wasabi mashed potatoes and
  sautéed spinach with a garnish of pickled ginger.
Another favorite was a tuna burger with a sauce of pan-roasted garlic, wasabi,
  mustard and cream.
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