dai·​kon ˈdī-kən How to pronounce daikon (audio)
: a large long hard white radish used especially in Asian cuisine
also : a plant (Raphanus sativus longipinnatus) whose root is a daikon

Examples of daikon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kim seasons her rice with sesame oil and salt and rolls it with seaweed around marinated shiitake mushrooms, sliced avocado, pickled daikon, egg and carrot. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 25 Sep. 2023 The smell of lemongrass chicken skewers on the grill would bring them stomping back to the river bank where their parents would shove balls of rice, barbecue chicken and pickled daikon in their mouths. The Arizona Republic, 9 Aug. 2023 Seafood from the oven may be blue shrimp with green mango, apple, daikon, and charred almonds or rock cod with roasted fennel. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 8 Aug. 2023 Sashimi is usually served thinly sliced on a bed of daikon radish and shiso leaves, sans rice. Coastal Living, Southern Living, 12 July 2023 The Thai mango salad, with sticks of pickled daikon and carrot, sweet roasted almonds and ramen noodles, is a winner, as is the impressively tasty vegan taco salad with Impossible chorizo and slightly spicy chipotle ranch dressing. Lucas Kwan Peterson, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2023 Crunchy pickled daikon and carrots nestle within swipes of housemade chile barbecue sauce and Kewpie mayonnaise. Louisa Chu, Chicago Tribune, 1 May 2023 Carrots, daikon, broccoli, peppers, and cauliflower all cut into perfectly proportionate shapes. Emma Lovewell, ELLE, 1 May 2023 The cabbage or daikon is sliced into small uniform pieces, which are coated with salt as a preservative. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 17 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History


Japanese, from dai big + kon root

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of daikon was in 1873

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“Daikon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daikon. Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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