su·​shi | \ ˈsü-shē How to pronounce sushi (audio) 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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Recent Examples on the Web Instructions for rolling are included, but don’t expect to become a sushi master on your first (or second) try. Los Angeles Times, "2020 was the year of the restaurant DIY meal kit. Here are 10 options to ring in 2021," 29 Dec. 2020 Correspondent Lucy Craft looks at how fast-food sushi is remaking a dining tradition. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (December 6)," 3 Dec. 2020 An Atlanta sushi restaurant owner has apologized after a Black couple said they were discriminated against when they were escorted out of the establishment for a dress-code violation. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Atlanta sushi restaurant owner apologizes after Black couple denied service over sneakers," 29 Oct. 2020 Other Portland sushi restaurants, including Nimblefish and Nodoguro, have pivoted to chirashi bowls and bento boxes during the pandemic. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Seattle sushi spot known for inexpensive chirashi bowls lands in SE Portland," 19 Nov. 2020 Inoue weaves in traditional Edo-era sushi techniques with his personal style, highlighting the intricate flavor of each fish by aging it for days or curing it in shoyu or seaweed. Garrett Snyder Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Chirashi in the time of COVID-19: 4 new options for excellent takeout sushi," 27 Oct. 2020 With most owners at or near retirement, the pandemic is accelerating the demise of neighborhood sushi. CBS News, "This week on "Sunday Morning" (December 6)," 3 Dec. 2020 Chef/owners Mark and Jen Berdin will continue to focus on the sushi and sake game at Kadence. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Kadence team announces plans for Kaya, a Filipino restaurant, in 2021," 25 Nov. 2020 Musashi’s, an old-school Seattle restaurant known for its generous portions of inexpensive sushi, has opened in the Southeast Belmont Street space once home to Hokusei, several social media tipsters report. Michael Russell, oregonlive, "Seattle sushi spot known for inexpensive chirashi bowls lands in SE Portland," 19 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of sushi

1893, in the meaning defined above

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10 Jan 2021

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“Sushi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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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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