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 In fact, eating fugu is so dangerous that it was outlawed in the 16th century, though many secretly kept the tradition alive. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 29 Nov. 2021 Many people worry that raw-milk cheese is a kind of edible petri dish of contagion and disease, a dangerous delicacy not unlike Japanese fugu, the poisonous blowfish, which, if not prepared expertly, can kill you. Joshua Levine, Smithsonian Magazine, 20 Nov. 2021 The horse meat and fugu flavors are vegan, and casu marzu is vegetarian. Michelle Shen, USA TODAY, 16 Nov. 2021 There is Nippon, the stage where, since 1963, soba, fugu and other things have danced into the city’s consciousness. New York Times, 26 Oct. 2021 Indeed, the mere hint of danger — rather like eating poisonous fugu fish from a reputable sushi bar in Tokyo — may well have added to the overall exhilaration of the evening. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2021 Pumpkin toadlets are poisonous, secreting the same toxin found in fugu, or puffer fish. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 1 May 2021 What then of fugu chefs and their years devoted to training? New York Times, 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, 15 Oct. 2019 See More

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1909, in the meaning defined above

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“Fugu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fugu. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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