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A type of sushi that consists of a lump of cooked, vinegar-seasoned rice rounded and pressed by hand into a loaflike shape and then topped with a thin slice of usually raw seafood, sometimes seasoned with wasabi and bound together by a strip of seaweed.
[From Japanese nigirizushi : nigiri, a gripping, a grasping, a hand-pressed ball or lump of rice (from nigiru, to grip, grasp, roll a ball of rice in the hand, from Old Japanese, to grip, grasp) + -zushi, combining form of sushi, sushi; see sushi.]
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(Cookery) (in Japanese cuisine) a small oval block of cold rice topped with wasabi and a thin slice of fish, prawn, etc, and sometimes held together by a thin band of seaweed
[from Japanese, literally: grasp, as the rice is shaped by hand]
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