mochi

noun

mo·​chi ˈmō-chē How to pronounce mochi (audio)
: 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 Those of that demographic seemed to be having a great deal of fun at Saturday’s opening-night performance, shouting encouragement to the characters in Japanese and helping make imaginary mochi (or rice cakes). Rob Hubbard, Twin Cities, 21 Jan. 2024 Case in point: the vegan lychee, vegan passionfruit, and vegan mango flavors—all of which feature the soft, chewy mochi wrapped around a creamy coconut base. Tiffany Hopkins, Bon Appétit, 11 Dec. 2023 In Gohar’s world, mochi can be breasts and cakes can be made of sausages. Amelia Abraham, Vogue, 9 Nov. 2023 His menu will feature sweet potato mochi balls drizzled with gochujang butter sauce. Sakshi Venkatraman, NBC News, 22 Nov. 2023 Available for purchase are goodies such as avocado toast, local Hawaiian ceviche, mochi ice cream and frozen dark-chocolate sea salt banana bites. Debbi Kickham, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 The intimate hotel, which accommodates up to four guests at a time, includes a private on-call chef (originally trained in patisserie and available for midnight snacks, like the mochi with layers of cream on the inside around peach and kiwi) and butler service. Maria Geyman, Vogue, 18 Oct. 2023 The fingers of cake are crisp to the touch and chewy like mochi in the center. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2023 The discs are like mochi doughnuts, with a crunchy, bubbly shell that encases a chewy center. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Japanese

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mochi was in 1970

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“Mochi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mochi. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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