dai·​kon | \ ˈdī-kən How to pronounce daikon (audio) \

Definition of daikon

: 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 Kagoshima is famous for its savory black kurobata pork, tangy black vinegar, huge daikon radishes and sweet potato shochu liquor. Washington Post, "On Japan’s Kyushu Island, an untouristed gem," 31 Jan. 2020 From there, toppings include bean sprouts, black beans, carrots, red cabbage, kale, daikon, kimchi and more. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Bibibop to open Strongsville location," 31 Jan. 2020 Then eggplant, zucchini, radishes, daikon, celtuce, several varieties of chile. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appétit, "Forward All Our Mail to Danielle Chang's Gorgeous Rooftop Garden," 13 Sep. 2019 The ingredients are wholesome and clearly very local: On a recent sunny afternoon, the staff was drying bowls and trays full of jujubes, shiso leaves, lime leaves and shredded daikon in the courtyard. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "Where do you find amazing vegan Vietnamese food in the Bay Area? Look for this Buddhist temple in East Palo Alto," 11 Oct. 2019 From there, toppings include bean sprouts, black beans, carrots, red cabbage, kale, daikon, kimchi and more. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Bibibop to open in Crocker Park next week," 17 Oct. 2019 Dishes include peppery tomato and celery soup, sweet potato spaghetti alfredo, and beetroot daikon carpaccio. Jaimie Potters, Marie Claire, "Where to Stay, Eat, and Explore in Dubrovnik, Croatia," 14 Oct. 2019 The options are Latin- and Asian-inspired and include carne asada, banh mi, carnitas and the Gangnam style (Korean-style marinated short rib with pickled daikon and spicy chili vinegar). Jessica Roy, Los Angeles Times, "A weekend in Santa Barbara is more affordable than you might think," 28 Sep. 2019 While the ribs are resting, combine daikon, a pinch of salt, and remaining 2 Tbsp. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "Grilled Short Ribs with Pickled Daikon," 28 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'daikon.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of daikon

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for daikon

Japanese, from dai big + kon root

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about daikon

Time Traveler for daikon

Time Traveler

The first known use of daikon was in 1873

See more words from the same year

Statistics for daikon

Last Updated

9 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Daikon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/daikon. Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

Comments on daikon

What made you want to look up daikon? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

February 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of probity?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!