natto

noun
nat·​to | \ ˈnä-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce natto (audio) \

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.Saveur

First Known Use of natto

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for natto

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

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“Natto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/natto. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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