fugu

noun
fu·​gu | \ ˈf(y)ü-(ˌ)gü How to pronounce fugu (audio) \

Definition of fugu

: any of various very poisonous puffer fishes (family Tetraodontidae) that contain tetrodotoxin and that are used as food in Japan after the toxin-containing parts are removed

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Recent Examples on the Web What then of fugu chefs and their years devoted to training? New York Times, "The Appealing and Potentially Lethal Delicacy That Is Fugu," 4 Dec. 2020 Their saliva contains the potent nerve toxin tetrodotoxin, the same compound that makes California newts, harlequin frogs, and fugu pufferfish liver so deadly. Eric Scigliano, National Geographic, "Is it wrong to keep octopuses in captivity?," 15 Oct. 2019 Debates have gone back and forth for years in Japanese society over the regulation of fugu. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Turning Pufferfish into Mutant Hybrids," 11 Dec. 2018 There are 50 species of pufferfish, also known as fugu. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Climate Change Turning Pufferfish into Mutant Hybrids," 11 Dec. 2018 Tunnel through the swarm and razzle-dazzle, the urgent flashing cries for everything from Asahi to fugu (blowfish) joints, and make your way to the comparatively sedate red-on-yellow façade of Creo-ru. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018 In the midst of our jet lag revel, Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto happened to saunter in with a delegation from Japan, including a representative of the fugu industry. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Hong Kong Foodie," 1 Nov. 2012 Last year, a warm winter led to smaller and more scarce fugu. Paul Takahashi, Houston Chronicle, "Seafood restaurants squeezed by climate change, growing appetites," 6 Apr. 2018 Nippon sends it out with chives and a spicy daikon mash, which complement its quiet flavor, and cooked fragments of fugu, which don’t. New York Times, "The Restaurant That Became Japan’s Unofficial Ambassador," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of fugu

1909, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fugu

Japanese

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10 Dec 2020

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“Fugu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fugu. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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fugu

noun
fu·​gu | \ ˈf(y)ü-(ˌ)gü How to pronounce fugu (audio) \

Medical Definition of fugu

: any of various very poisonous puffer fish that contain tetrodotoxin and that are used as food in Japan after the toxin-containing organs are removed

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