aka·​mi ä-ˈkä-mē How to pronounce akami (audio)
: the lean, reddish flesh from along the spine of the tuna that is used especially for sushi and sashimi
When preparing this sushi at home, the choice of tuna is nearly always the akami, the nonfatty red meat, because of its availability and reasonable price.Hiroko Shimbo, The Sushi Experience, 2006

Word History


borrowed from Japanese, literally, "lean meat," from aka "red" + mi "body, flesh, meat"

First Known Use

1974, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of akami was in 1974

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“Akami.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/akami. Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

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