shii·​ta·​ke | \ shē-ˈtä-kē How to pronounce shiitake (audio) \
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Definition of shiitake

: 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

Examples of shiitake in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Multiverse, contains immune-boosting shiitake mushrooms and apple cider vinegar for digestion support too. Anna Haines, Forbes, 10 June 2021 The Bougie Grandpa is a top-seller with Italian sausage and shiitake mushrooms, and the Mona Lisa — with confit garlic, shallots and fresh thyme sprigs — reveals Coleman’s culinary background. Amanda Albee, Dallas News, 1 June 2021 During our visit there was a riff on pizza margherita with oregano, and another with roasted shiitake mushrooms, mozzarella and Fra' Mani salami, which was sliced in thick rounds almost like pepperoni. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 30 May 2021 Digestive enzymes in shiitake mushrooms support gut health and the immune system. Megan Zhang, Bon Appétit, 5 May 2021 The previous February, Wu had gathered with 20 friends and family at her aunt’s home in Monterey Park to watch the Super Bowl and feast on Taiwanese-style hot pot — chicken broth, beef, cabbage, carrots and shiitake mushrooms. Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2021 Home cooks are encouraged to embellish those spicy noodles with classic toppings like a poached egg, shiitake mushrooms, steamed spinach and pickled cucumbers. Leslie Kelly, Forbes, 4 Apr. 2021 Add the cremini and shiitake mushrooms and cook 5 minutes, stirring often. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 26 Mar. 2021 Dim sum, served with house sauces, includes pork potstickers, shrimp dumplings, and lobster dumplings with shiitake mushrooms and truffle butter sauce. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 1 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of shiitake

1877, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for shiitake

Japanese, from shii, the Japanese chinquapin + take mushroom

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“Shiitake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of shiitake

: a type of Asian mushroom used in cooking


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