akami

noun aka·mi \ ä-ˈkä-mē \

Definition of akami

: 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 ShimboThe Sushi Experience2006

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Origin and Etymology of akami

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


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