shiitake

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noun shii·ta·ke \shē-ˈtä-kē\
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Definition of shiitake

  1. :  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

Origin and Etymology of shiitake

Japanese, from shii, the Japanese chinquapin + take mushroom


First Known Use: 1877


SHIITAKE Defined for English Language Learners

shiitake

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noun shii·ta·ke \shē-ˈtä-kē\

Definition of shiitake for English Language Learners

  • : a type of Asian mushroom used in cooking


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