wood ear


: any of several ear- or cup-shaped basidiomycetous fungi (genus Auricularia) that grow on wood: such as
: an edible brownish fungus (A. auricula) of North America
: a cultivated usually dark brown edible fungus (A. polytricha) used in Chinese cooking

Examples of wood ear in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thinly slice the shiitake mushrooms and roughly chop the wood ears. Michael A. Gardiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 July 2023 Add the lily flowers, wood ears, shiitake mushrooms and bamboo shoots and bring the soup back to a simmer once again. Michael A. Gardiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 July 2023 Genie defined ingredients like wood ear mushrooms to annatto seeds. Rebecca White, Dallas News, 15 June 2023 Those in the mood for a savory breakfast should focus on the chả trứng hấp, a traditional quiche-like meatloaf made with ground pork mixed with garlic, shallot, fish sauce, wood ear mushrooms and egg white, with the leftover yolk poured over the top once the dish is mostly set. oregonlive, 7 Aug. 2020 Limvatana, 59, grew up in a Hainanese Thai family in Uttaradit in north-central Thailand, where her family operated a shophouse specializing in dishes such as fried mudfish in curry sauce and sauteed stingrays with ginger and wood ear mushrooms. Washington Post, 17 Sep. 2021 Examples include foie gras-wood ear mushroom gyoza, fried prawns with shiso and lemon, and beef carpaccio dressed with a vinaigrette made with pickled Japanese sour plums. Rick Nelson, Star Tribune, 19 Mar. 2021 Hot and sour soup gets its namesake balance from chile peppers or white pepper and vinegar, and it’s typically laced with silky tofu and chewy wood ear mushrooms. Janelle Bitker, SFChronicle.com, 29 Oct. 2020 The bluefin tuna from Ensenada is garnished with wood ear mushrooms, cilantro, and citrus kosho. Gary Shteyngart, Condé Nast Traveler, 23 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wood ear was in 1911

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“Wood ear.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wood%20ear. Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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