natto

noun nat·to \ ˈnä-(ˌ)tō \

Definition of natto

: a dish of fermented soybeans with a pungent flavor and gluey texture that is eaten chiefly in Japan and usually served over rice
Note: Natto is prepared by fermenting steamed or boiled soybeans with a bacteria (especially Bacillus subtilis natto).
  • Natto is traditionally made by storing soybeans in straw bags; the beans ferment and develop a sticky coating with an intense flavor.
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Origin and Etymology of natto

borrowed from Japanese nattō, from nat-, of uncertain meaning and origin + -tō "beans"


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