California roll


: a type of sushi roll containing avocado, cucumber, and cooked crabmeat or imitation crabmeat with a wrapping of seaweed and rice
The California roll, a stout roll of avocado, imitation crab (actually compressed pollock) and cucumber, was perhaps the first sushi variant to be developed in North America.Matt Lee et al.
The most impressive sushi of the evening, however, was his version of the so-called California roll, which originated in Los Angeles.Caroline Bates

Examples of California roll in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was an entree inspired by a California roll and a performance by Paul Simon. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2024 Aside from a fancy California roll, several Silicon Valley business leaders and Bay Area locals are on the guest list. Nollyanne Delacruz, The Mercury News, 10 Apr. 2024 The California roll had light and fluffy rice and krab that tasted like it could have been caught that morning and was not frozen then thawed. Carlos Rico, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Apr. 2024 His pick was a steak paired with a California roll. Scott Chasen, Kansas City Star, 18 Jan. 2024 For Your Cousin Who's Obsessed With Omakase While neither the spicy crunchy tuna nor the California roll were present in the story of Hanukkah, the combo (plus a few more sushi favorites) makes for a very fun menorah. Kate Kassin, Bon Appétit, 1 Dec. 2023 Since the United States started importing avocados from Mexico less than 40 years ago, consumption has skyrocketed, bolstered by marketing campaigns promoting the fruit as a heart-healthy food and year-round demand for dishes like avocado toast and California rolls. Emiliano Rodríguez Mega César Rodríguez, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2023 My father is given his regular California roll and a bowl of miso soup. Han Ong, The New Yorker, 16 Oct. 2023 The most classic sushi bake is inspired by the California roll. Christina Manian, Rdn, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 July 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1979, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of California roll was in 1979

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“California roll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

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