shii·​ta·​ke shē-ˈtä-kē How to pronounce shiitake (audio)
variants or less commonly shitake
: a dark Asian mushroom (Lentinus edodes of the family Agaricaceae) widely cultivated especially on woods of the beech family for its edible flavorful tan to brown cap

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The yi mein noodles are braised with seasonings and shiitake mushrooms. CNN, 18 Jan. 2023 Or rather, your oyster mushroom or shiitake or blend of wild mushrooms, which add umami flavor in place of meat. Casey Barber, CNN, 14 Nov. 2022 These mushrooms are: reishi, cordyceps, chaga, lion's mane, turkey tail, and shiitake. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 13 Oct. 2022 Potato chips get an upgrade with this Non-GMO Project Verified version that incorporates cauliflower, beets, carrots, spinach, broccoli, tomato and shiitake mushroom. Good Housekeeping, 28 June 2022 Made of antioxidant-rich shiitake mushrooms, these crunchy chips are guaranteed to tantalize your tastebuds with their rich savory flavors. Noma Nazish, Forbes, 31 Dec. 2022 Spray the pan lightly with vegetable or olive oil, then spread the sliced shiitake mushrooms on top. Morgan Hines, USA TODAY, 23 Nov. 2022 Scattered among the mushroom sticks are slices of shiitake mushroom. Jenn Harriscolumnist, Los Angeles Times, 11 July 2022 Oyster and shiitake mushrooms plus three types of cheeses make for a fantastic topping, but feel free to get creative and try something else. Trish Clasen Marsanico, Good Housekeeping, 3 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History


Japanese, from shii, the Japanese chinquapin + take mushroom

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of shiitake was in 1877

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Cite this Entry

“Shiitake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

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