wa·​sa·​bi wä-ˈsä-bē How to pronounce wasabi (audio)
ˈwä-sə-bē How to pronounce wasabi (audio)
: 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
: the herb that yields wasabi

Examples of wasabi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pinky’s Uptown Tuna Melt comes with albacore tuna salad that includes mayo, wasabi and ginger, plus Swiss and American cheese on Texas toast. Heidi Finley, Charlotte Observer, 13 Feb. 2024 Second course highlights maki, sashimi and smoked eggplant salad, while the third course offers A5 striploin with truffle sancho au poivre and roasted lobster with Tokyo butter, uni, wasabi and dijon. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 1 Feb. 2024 The spicy Montauk fluke tartare, served with wasabi tobiko, is a classic, as is the roasted natural chicken, with maitake mushrooms and a Channing Daughters Ramato jus. Hannah Selinger, Travel + Leisure, 3 Jan. 2024 Eating wasabi could boost one's short-term and long-term memory, a new study says. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 7 Dec. 2023 The Post also reported that experts believe that 99% of wasabi found in the United States is fake. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 7 Dec. 2023 Meanwhile, whisk together mayonnaise, wasabi powder, water and mustard in a small bowl. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 11 Oct. 2023 Serve warm with wasabi mustard, and gherkins if desired. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 11 Oct. 2023 Japanese ingredients and techniques have become ubiquitous in high-end kitchens of all kinds in recent years, so much of what the Bazaar presents as high-flying acts of fusion feels predictable (dabs of wasabi everywhere), or just falls flat. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 22 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of wasabi was in 1891

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“Wasabi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wasabi. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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