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

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 Events are held at Seasons or at Bourbon Steak, where wasabi macarons stuffed with ahi tuna tartare are passed before a course of perhaps Colorado lamb rib eye. Jennifer Steinhauer, New York Times, "Jumbo Shrimp and Lobster Tails: D.C.’s Fund-Raising Hot Spots," 5 Oct. 2019 Sauce completes the mix, with teriyaki, gochujang, cucumber wasabi, yum-yum, sesame ginger or spicy sriracha options. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Bibibop to open in Crocker Park next week," 17 Oct. 2019 For starters, Laurel had seared ahi tuna with wasabi aioli and I, cauliflower bisque. Karl Zimmermann, Los Angeles Times, "Quaker twin brothers, a magical New York resort and why it mattered in Redlands," 3 Aug. 2019 In fact, almost all of the questions above, from Einstein's socks to wasabi's color, are are currently answered with Google Assistant, though they were taken directly Amazon Answers' website. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Amazon Is Crowdsourcing Alexa’s Answers. Smart Tactic or a Questionable Move?," 13 Sep. 2019 West Elm’s got a set of velvet curtains and a distressed rug in a hue called wasabi that has a golden tone. Kim Cook, Houston Chronicle, "Hello, yellow! Home decor’s upbeat hue should be used right," 12 July 2019 Wearing a crisp white button-down, Fujiyama deftly slices Japanese sea bass, delicately brushes each piece with soy and wasabi, and generally orchestrates the meal’s production. Fortune, "Philadelphia’s Swank New Omakase Restaurant Is Elevated in Every Aspect," 8 Sep. 2019 That eventually led me to ask about how some of these agents in our environment generate pain—[chemicals] such as capsaicin and wasabi. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, "What Chili Peppers Can Teach Us about Pain," 5 Sep. 2019 Last night's roasted veggies combined with a wasabi mayo? Perhaps cold shrimp, herbs and a touch of sesame oil. Rebecca White, Dallas News, "The tea sandwich has returned, and it's modern and creative," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of wasabi

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of wasabi was in 1891

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26 Nov 2019

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“Wasabi.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wasabi. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of wasabi

: a Japanese food that has a strong, hot taste and that is often served with sushi

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