fugu

noun

fu·​gu ˈf(y)ü-(ˌ)gü How to pronounce fugu (audio)
: 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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Examples of fugu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite the danger and risks, fugu has grown in popularity especially among gourmets and thrill seekers and is now also eaten countries outside Japan – at times, unregulated. Heather Chen, CNN, 10 Apr. 2023 Under Japanese law, fugu chefs must undergo extensive apprenticeships of up to three years before they are licensed and allowed to handle and prepare the fish for food. Heather Chen, CNN, 10 Apr. 2023 Venkatesh has seen an enormous growth in sequencing power and technology since the early days of fugu. Bob Holmes, Discover Magazine, 21 May 2018 By comparing human and fugu genomes, researchers found almost 1,000 previously unidentified human genes. Discover Magazine, 7 July 2011 In very, very, very low doses, tetrodotoxin causes numbness, tingling, and the slight lightheadedness that fugu, the Japanese preparation of raw pufferfish flesh, is known for. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 30 Dec. 2013 Humans are not immune: tetrodotoxin killed 179 people and poisoned another 467 in Japan alone from 1974 to 1983, where the flesh of these fish, fugu, is considered a delicacy perhaps because of the danger involved. Christie Wilcox, Discover Magazine, 6 Feb. 2015 The fugu genome gave geneticists a valuable point of comparison to the human genome. Bob Holmes, Discover Magazine, 21 May 2018 The Hiramatsu puts a particular focus on food—the hotel actually started out as a restaurant—and makes use of local produce on Shima to curate a unique menu from spiny lobster, fugu (puffer fish), ormers and rock oysters. Ashley Ogawa Clarke, Vogue, 27 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Japanese

First Known Use

1909, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fugu was in 1909

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Medical Definition

fugu

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