Wagyu

noun Wa·gyu \ ˈwä-(ˌ)gyü \
variants: or less commonly wagyu
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of Wagyu

plural Wagyu also wagyu
1 : any of four strains of a breed of black or red Japanese cattle valued for their highly marbled meat
  • In the U.S., Japanese Wagyu cows have been crossbred with those of other breeds to produce unsurpassably tender, melt-in-your-mouth beef.
  • Saveur
Note: Wagyu were developed in Japan in the late 1800s to 1910 by crossbreeding native cattle with European breeds.
2 or Wagyu beef or less commonly wagyu beef : beef from Wagyu cattle
  • The surface of my Wagyu was intricately laced with delicate veins of off-white fat—by laboratory measurement, three times more marbling fat than U.S. prime-grade beef, though with slightly less cholesterol.
  • —Jeffrey Steingarten
  • Wagyu beef is tender and flavorful because of its intramuscular fat, or marbling.
  • —Sam Gugino
— compare kobe beef

Origin and Etymology of wagyu

borrowed from Japanese wagyū, from wa "Japan, Japanese" + gyū "cattle, cow"


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