su·​shi | \ˈsü-shē also ˈsu̇- \

Definition of sushi 

: cold rice dressed with vinegar, formed into any of various shapes, and garnished especially with bits of raw seafood or vegetables

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By Tae, a hand-roll and sushi pop-up, now has a counter space inside Chophouse Row. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "From hot ramen to hotter hot pot: 30 restaurant openings in Seattle and on the Eastside," 28 Nov. 2018 While there are a smattering of sushi places in and around Elgin, what will set Kubo apart is the range of Japanese styles that will be on the menu, including ramen, udon and vegetarian and gluten-free options, Kris Palermo said. Mike Danahey, Elgin Courier-News, "Downtown Elgin sushi and sake spot set for mid-August opening," 10 July 2018 Sushi is now a hot-ticket item, and Overcooked 2's variety of sushi dishes includes raw (fish, seaweed) and cooked (rice) elements. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Overcooked 2 world-premiere hands-on: Crazier levels, more speed, finally online," 12 June 2018 Moisten your dominant hand with water and pick up the sushi rice. Chronicle Staff, San Francisco Chronicle, "4 recipes from now-closed Terra in St. Helena," 11 June 2018 The breakout offering, though, has to be the food hall, called The Galley, which will have a bakery, taco bar, panini shop, sushi spot, and a 24-hour American-style diner. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "We Can't Handle How Good the Food Will Be on Virgin Voyages," 7 Nov. 2018 In addition, famed West Village sushi restaurant, Sushi Nakazawa, made the list for the first time ever. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Foodies, Rejoice: Michelin Has Bestowed More Stars Upon New York City Restaurants," 6 Nov. 2018 Because Japan is an archipelago—a chain of four main and about 3,000 smaller islands along the Asian Pacific coast—the Japanese eat a fish-heavy diet, with unique raw preparations: sushi and sashimi. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "How To Buy Kitchen Knives Like a Pro," 24 Oct. 2018 Photo: Ocean Hugger Foods The product, sold to chefs for use in raw-fish dishes like sushi, is now in 100 restaurants and cafeterias, including 51 Whole Foods stores across the U.S. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "Fish: The Final Frontier in Fake Meat," 15 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of sushi

1893, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sushi

: a Japanese dish of cold cooked rice shaped in small cakes and topped or wrapped with other ingredients (such as pieces of raw fish)

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