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

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His signature is the luxuriously creamy ankimo (monkfish liver) pate, steeped in sweetened soy sauce and dabbed with wasabi—the perfect accompaniment to sake. Melinda Joe, Condé Nast Traveler, "22 Best Places for Sushi in Tokyo," 27 Feb. 2018 The on-site restaurant often books out months in advance, but luckily, the room service menu is equally as impressive (Buckley recommends the crab-stuffed donuts with wasabi and chopped egg). Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: U.S. to London from $422 Round-Trip on Virgin Atlantic," 1 Oct. 2018 Speaking of, the maker of these candy canes also sells them in bacon, wasabi, and gravy varieties. Marlisse Cepeda, Country Living, "Pickle Flavored Candy Canes Are Here Just in Time for Christmas," 21 Nov. 2016 For many, the boundaries of sushi don’t extend far beyond a slice of fish on a small slab of rice, or rolled up with rice and seaweed, best complemented by some soy sauce, wasabi, and pickled ginger. Fox News, "The best sushi restaurants in America," 23 Oct. 2015 This spice—along with other herbs and spices such as basil, wasabi and cilantro—kills bacteria that grow on your tongue and in the back of your mouth, contributing to unpleasant odors. Abigail L. Cuffey, Woman's Day, "5 Foods for Optimal Health," 27 Aug. 2012 Each comes with mushroom vinegar sauce, wasabi, a selection of salts, finger limes, fried shallots, pickled veggies and other toppings to get all dressed up with. Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "DIY and dine: 10 build-your-own, customizable foods in Chicago," 20 Sep. 2017 The ahi avocado salad, with ahi tuna poké atop all vegetables with crispy wontons and wasabi vinaigrette, no rice, may sound like the better idea. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Here's where to get a poké bowl in Indianapolis, including 5 new restaurants," 31 May 2018 Drinks: The signature bloody mary is flavored with yuzu and wasabi and garnished with edamame and one of the meatballs from the River North restaurant's tan tan ramen. Samantha Nelson, RedEye Chicago, "Warm up with these 16 winter brunches in Chicago," 18 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of wasabi

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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