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Lentinula edodes


 (shē-tä′kē, shē′ē-tä′kĕ)
n. pl. shiitake
A mushroom (Lentinula edodes) native to East Asia, having an edible golden or dark brown cap.

[Japanese : shii, the East Asian species of chinquapin Castanopsis cuspidata (on the dead logs of which the mushroom is often cultivated) + take, mushroom.]


(ˌʃɪɪˈtɑːkeɪ) or


n, pl -take
(Cookery) a kind of mushroom widely used in Oriental cookery
[C20: from Japanese shii tree + take mushroom]


(ˌʃi iˈtɑ keɪ)

n., pl. -ke.
a large, meaty, black or dark brown mushroom, Lentinus edodes, native to E Asia and used in Japanese and Chinese cooking.
[1875–80; < Japanese]


- Japanese for "evergreen beech, chinquapin" (shii) and "mushroom" (take).
See also related terms for mushroom.


A Japanese mushroom.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shiitake - edible east Asian mushroom having a golden or dark brown to blackish cap and an inedible stipe
fungus - an organism of the kingdom Fungi lacking chlorophyll and feeding on organic matter; ranging from unicellular or multicellular organisms to spore-bearing syncytia
genus Lentinus, Lentinus - a genus of fungus belonging to the family Tricholomataceae


n pl <shiitake> (Bot) → Shitakepilz m
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