wa·sa·bi | \ˈwä-sə-bē, wä-ˈsä-\

Definition of wasabi 

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

2 : the herb that yields wasabi

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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 The homemade dressing is available in wasabi, chipotle, avocado and jalapeno varieties. Vickie Snow Jurkowski, Daily Southtown, "Burgers, desserts, compassion are staples at Sizzles in Lockport," 12 July 2018 The actual unlimited lunch menu includes smaller plates, such as crispy shrimp, a burger slider made with honey wasabi mayo, and pork dumplings. Lauren Delgado, OrlandoSentinel.com, "First Bite: Dragonfly Robata Grill & Sushi's Sunday izakaya lunch," 9 July 2018 Add mix-ins — think edamame, seaweed, and orange slices — and sauce, then top your creation with avocado, pickled ginger, wasabi, green onions, on and on. BostonGlobe.com, "Where to eat in Greater Boston," 15 June 2018 An almost silky consistency marks the mackerel that Soogil serves, nigiri-style, over wads of rice that have been seasoned with ssamjang (standing in for wasabi?) and wrapped in chard leaves. New York Times, "French Skills Meet Korean Flavors at Soogil in the East Village," 8 May 2018 Signature dishes include a wasabi vegetable bowl and a wild Alaskan sockeye gyro. Harriot Manley, SFChronicle.com, "Burning Man comes and goes, but the experience is year-round in Reno," 28 June 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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