wood ear

noun

Definition of wood ear 

: any of several ear- or cup-shaped basidiomycetous fungi (genus Auricularia) that grow on wood: such as

a : an edible brownish fungus (A. auricula) of North America

b : a cultivated usually dark brown edible fungus (A. polytricha) used in Chinese cooking

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For the main course, dig into the saffron farfalle with a vegetarian root Bolognese sauce, Parmesan and grapefruit breadcrumbs ($16) or the rye gnocchetti with wood ear mushrooms, Thai basil, Brazil nuts and English peas ($16). Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "The best vegetarian dishes at non-vegetarian restaurants in Chicago," 9 Aug. 2017 Waiters bring bowls set with chunks of crab, lily buds, wood ear mushrooms and nasturtium flowers and leaves, then pour on a rich, dark fumet bolstered with white peppercorn and black vinegar. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Mister Jiu’s fulfills its vision with 3½ stars," 11 Apr. 2018 Post up, wait for your moment, and ask for a quesadilla de quelites con requeson (wild greens with ricotta) or flor de calabaza con queso (squash blossoms with oaxacan cheese) or setas (wood ear mushrooms, no cheese). Scarlett Lindeman, Bon Appetit, "The Best Healthy Restaurants in Mexico City," 28 Mar. 2018 For japchae, chewy sweet-potato glass noodles the color of fading photographs are tangled with wood ear mushrooms, skinny strips of carrot, darkened spinach and cabbage still holding its crunch. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "At Ejen in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, a Mother’s Touch Infuses the Menu," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of wood ear

1911, in the meaning defined above

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