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Definition of wok

: a large bowl-shaped cooking utensil used especially in stir-frying

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In a wok or medium saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons coconut oil over high heat until shimmering. Max Falkowitz, WSJ, "Flake News: Fresh Coconut Is Delicious," 23 Nov. 2018 Anticipation mounts as the line crawls past a massive, smoky wok atop smoldering charcoal. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018 Likened to a giant wok, the telescope, located in Guizhou Province, is used by astronomers to chart the shape of the universe and even listen for potential signs of alien life. Mike Ives, New York Times, "As America Looks Inward, China Looks to Outer Space," 23 May 2018 For celery stir-fry, heat 2 tablespoons canola oil in skillet or wok over high heat and add 1/8 teaspoon dried chili flakes; cook for 90 seconds. Carole Kotkin, miamiherald, "Not just for crunch. It's time to give celery a second look | Miami Herald," 11 May 2018 In a clean wok or medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine coconut chunks and ½ cup coconut oil, making sure coconut chunks are submerged. Max Falkowitz, WSJ, "Flake News: Fresh Coconut Is Delicious," 23 Nov. 2018 Jamie Hyneman, creator of one of the most feared robots on Robot Wars, Blendo—a saucerful of pikelets that crossed a lawnmower engine with a wok with sharp objects—once ran a pet store. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "The Tank That's Tougher Than Wildfire," 13 Nov. 2018 Heat sesame oil over medium-high heat in a wok or large saute pan. Nick Kindelsperger, charlotteobserver, "Re-creating a classic Chinese dish not as simple as it seems | Charlotte Observer," 13 Mar. 2018 In a wok, heat oil or lard over highest heat until very hot. Georgia Freedman, WSJ, "This Ingredient Makes Everything Better," 20 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of wok

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for wok

Chinese (Guangdong) wohk

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English Language Learners Definition of wok

: a pan that is shaped like a bowl and that is used especially for cooking Chinese food

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