horse·​rad·​ish | \ ˈhȯrs-ˌra-dish How to pronounce horseradish (audio) , -ˌre-\

Definition of horseradish

1 : a tall coarse white-flowered herb (Armoracia rusticana synonym A. lapathifolia) of the mustard family
2 : a condiment made from ground-up horseradish root

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One of the essential tastes of the Passover meal is bitter herbs, often in the form of raw horseradish or leaves of chicory. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "Learning to Love Bitter Tastes," 19 Apr. 2019 For example, families with a Polish heritage fill a basket containing eggs, ham, bread, sweet breads, horseradish, and lamb cakes or butter lambs. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "What Is Holy Saturday, the Day Before Easter, and Why Do We Celebrate It?," 1 Mar. 2019 The menu starts off with steamed lobster tails with New England clam chowder sauce followed by hickory grilled bison with red potato horseradish cake and wild huckleberry reduction. House Beautiful, "The Inaugural Ceremony: What to Expect from the Luncheon," 17 Jan. 2013 Although things like the burger, lamb rack, or deckle might woo you upon first menu perusal, don't skip over the seafood, such as soft-shell crab in season or flounder with horseradish. Stephanie Burt, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Best Restaurants in Charleston," 2 May 2018 At most restaurants, that nub of paste next to your pickled ginger is a mix of powdered horseradish and mustard, reconstituted and dyed green to resemble the Japanese plant for which it’s named. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "Dishonest menus: Diners, beware of 7 restaurant lies you may be swallowing right now," 13 June 2018 Notes: Spicy this up with a dash of hot sauce, a bit of horseradish or add pickles or olives. Ann Maloney,, "Easy shrimp salad recipes for a chill weeknight supper," 23 May 2018 Sample dishes include leeks with shimeji mushrroms, horseradish, and cured duck yolk, or Jerusalem artichoke with goat's yogurt and malt. Sophie Davies, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Breakfasts (and Brunches!) in Sydney," 13 Mar. 2018 In pitcher, combine Clamato juice, vodka, lemon juice, horseradish, and Worcestershire sauce. Tiffani Thiessen, Good Housekeeping, "Bloody Caesar with Maple-Fennel Bacon," 9 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of horseradish

1597, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of horseradish

: a tall plant whose root is used for making a sauce
: a strong sauce made from the root of the horseradish plant


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Kids Definition of horseradish

: a sharp-tasting relish made from the root of a tall white-flowered plant

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