horse·​rad·​ish | \ ˈhȯrs-ˌra-dish, -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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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 In a large bowl, whisk together oil, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, horseradish, Tabasco, celery seeds, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Pork Chops with Bloody Mary Tomato Salad," 25 July 2018 Prepared horseradish is a great condiment with this. Roxanne Wyss And Kathy Moore, kansascity, "Flavorful roast beef highlights this dad’s skill with the grill," 19 June 2018 Available every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday evenings starting at 5 p.m., the $15.99 rotisserie prime rib meal comes with two sides, cornbread, horseradish cream sauce and au jus. Joey Morona,, "From Boston Market's prime rib to Piada's seasonal menu: What's new in fast-food," 25 Apr. 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


horse·​rad·​ish | \ ˈhȯrs-ˌra-dish \

Kids Definition of horseradish

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

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