noun shii·ta·ke \shē-ˈtä-kē\
variants: or less commonly


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


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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