wa·​sa·​bi | \ wä-ˈsä-bē How to pronounce wasabi (audio) , wə-ˈsä-; ˈwä-sə-bē How to pronounce wasabi (audio) \

Definition of wasabi

1 : a condiment that is prepared from the ground thick pungent greenish rhizome of an Asian herb (Wasabia japonica synonym Eutrema wasabi) of the mustard family and is similar in flavor and use to horseradish also : the rhizome
2 : the herb that yields wasabi

Examples of wasabi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Top each neatly with the egg ribbons, salmon, cucumber or avocado slices, carrots and, if using, salmon roe, nori strips, ginger and a dab of wasabi. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 On a cold night in late December, the omakase menu featured steelhead trout from a farm in Hudson, New York, seasoned with a hint of fiery wasabi. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, 22 Apr. 2022 Menu offerings include tuna sashimi-style with fresh wasabi and ginger on the side. Marc Bona, cleveland, 5 Apr. 2022 Immediately afterwards, guests gathered at the top of the lawn for champagne, tuna wasabi on crispy wontons, herbed artichoke and Parmesan rolls, and other hors d'oeuvres. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 28 Apr. 2022 In the snakes these 'wasabi receptors’ have evolved to detect heat. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Mar. 2022 Enjoy it like sashimi with soy sauce and a dash of wasabi. Jessie Yuchen, Bon Appétit, 27 Jan. 2022 She’s there to photograph craftsman — wasabi makers, ceramists, soba masters — and their intricate processes. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Jan. 2022 Real wasabi is just too expensive for most restaurants to keep in stock. Regan Stephens, Fortune, 15 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of wasabi

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wasabi


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24 May 2022

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“Wasabi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wasabi. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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