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shiitake

noun shii·ta·ke \shē-ˈtä-kē\

Simple Definition of shiitake

  • : a type of Asian mushroom used in cooking

Full Definition of shiitake

  1. :  a dark Asian mushroom (Lentinus edodes of the family Agaricaceae) widely cultivated especially on woods of the beech family for its edible flavorful tan to brown cap

Variants of shiitake

also shi·ta·ke \shē-ˈtä-kē\

Origin of shiitake

Japanese, from shii, the Japanese chinquapin + take mushroom


First Known Use: 1877


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