shii·​ta·​ke shē-ˈtä-kē How to pronounce shiitake (audio)
variants or less commonly
: 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 Onion, carrots, broccoli and celery add harmonious tastes and textures, while the shiitake mushrooms provide an earthy, balancing flavor. Bethany Thayer, Detroit Free Press, 20 Apr. 2024 Young says fresh shiitake mushrooms are another good option. Becky Krystal, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024 That includes a Manila Wagyu roll with F1 Wagyu (a Wagyu beef crossbreed), marinated shiitake mushrooms, tamago, asparagus, and crispy garlic; smoked shima aji nigiri; and baked clay pot glass noodles with Maine lobster, five-spice Berkshire pork belly, jalapeno relish, and garlic chips. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 22 Jan. 2024 On top is a six-minute egg that oozes appropriately, a tangle of scallions, pickled shiitake mushrooms and a spoonful of chili crisp. Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 15 Jan. 2024 Coconut rice adds a rich layer to a gumbo topped with juicy shrimp and sausage ($23), while the shiitake mushrooms are seasoned with lemon zest and yellow miso ($19), a refreshing mix after a long day in a dry climate. Lucky Benson, New York Times, 14 Dec. 2023 Upstairs, Goldsmith Bar transforms ingredients commonly found in the neighborhood—shiitake syrup, osmanthus oolong—into heady drinks, and will soon be joined by a Chinese restaurant on the top floor and rooftop terrace. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Nov. 2023 On the lighter side, there’s a soothing risotto, streaked green with the same herbed oil that graces the salmon mousse and bulked up with shiitake and oyster mushrooms. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 9 June 2023 Thin yellow noodles tossed with Chinese celery and shiitake mushrooms are slicked with garlic butter and finished with nuggets of sweet crab. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 17 Nov. 2023

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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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“Shiitake.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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