mo·​chi | \ ˈmō-chē How to pronounce mochi (audio) \

Definition of mochi

: a doughlike mass made from cooked and pounded glutinous rice used in Japan as an unbaked pastry

Examples of mochi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another cousin cooks teriyaki chicken — Seattle style, with ginger and garlic. Because Ms. Gooden’s sister lives in Hawaii, spam musubi (rice balls) and peanut butter mochi have become part of the feast. Hannah Kirshner, New York Times, "In Japanese New Year Dishes, a Family Connects With Its Past," 24 Dec. 2019 Sweet red bean paste filled strawberry mochi packets alongside green tea ice cream dusted in macha and blooming from the center of a yellow sunflower bowl. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "These 10 restaurants that were supposed to open this spring. They'll get here, eventually.," 3 Apr. 2020 Toppings include almond cookies, Oreo cookies and mochi balls. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "Ramen, tempura, curry: The best things to eat at Arizona Matsuri Japanese festival," 18 Feb. 2020 The Mint Caffe Mochi uses crumbled Thin Mints in the mochi. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "Photos: One spot in Dallas is selling 7 desserts made with Girl Scout cookies," 12 Feb. 2020 Hinata’s may be savory with avocado and caviar between crisp mochi shells. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "These are the most exciting Indianapolis restaurants opening in 2020," 31 Dec. 2019 Unusual ones, like little mice made of mochi, Chinese moon cakes or Western pastries. Polly Campbell,, "We can't keep these Cincinnati pop-up restaurants a secret anymore," 31 Jan. 2020 Wrapping up Tuesday at the Moscone Center, the Specialty Food Association’s annual event brought together roughly 1,400 companies showcasing 80,000 products — everything from cashew cheese to mochi to tinned fish. Janelle Bitker,, "Trend-spotting at the Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco," 22 Jan. 2020 Also on schedule are a 75th anniversary exhibit about the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and demonstrations in mochi making, candy sculpting and taiko drumming. Sara Cagle, Los Angeles Times, "Celebrating traditions or starting new ones for your weekend in the L.A. area," 1 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of mochi

1970, in the meaning defined above

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5 Jun 2020

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“Mochi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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