su·​shi | \ ˈsü-shē also ˈsu̇- How to pronounce sushi (audio) \

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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One small street near Vigo’s waterfront typifies this trend: Purosushi, a Japanese restaurant run by an Argentine sushi chef, stands next to Kero, a Peruvian place run by a transplant from Lima. Tom Downey, WSJ, "A Spanish Food and Wine Region Comes Alive Again," 6 Dec. 2018 Things start off simply enough, and even novices will have a fine time working together to chop up raw sushi and mix it with steamed pots of rice. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Overcooked 2 puts some icing on the original’s delicious co-op cake," 7 Aug. 2018 The Riveras worked with Cowfish sushi chef Rifali Almunir to pick the ingredients. Kathleen Purvis, charlotteobserver, "Panthers coach Ron Rivera created a fancy sushi roll. Here's what's in it.," 3 July 2018 Make sure to cook all animal products thoroughly, and skip sushi, carpaccios, and the like. Suzannah Weiss, Glamour, "9 Foods to Avoid If You're Trying to Get Pregnant," 17 Apr. 2019 According to Trevor Corson’s The Story of Sushi, sushi itself used to be made with fish cured with salt or soy to preserve it for days or weeks. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Is Serving Raw Meat And Fish A Dinner Party Taboo?," 12 Apr. 2019 Over the weekend, the four were spotted out and about on the town on double dates, first heading to a dinner in Covent Garden on Saturday night, followed by a late lunch at a posh sushi restaurant in Mayfair on Sunday. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Are Spending Christmas With Sophie Turner and Joe Jonas," 24 Dec. 2018 Noren on Capitol Hill is a sushi restaurant that seems to be taking The Cheesecake Factory approach to its food offerings. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "From hot ramen to hotter hot pot: 30 restaurant openings in Seattle and on the Eastside," 28 Nov. 2018 Or assume that the Asian waiter at a sushi restaurant won’t speak fluent English. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "Why We Stereotype Strangers," 29 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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