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Cold cooked rice dressed with vinegar that is shaped into pieces and topped with raw or cooked fish, or formed into a roll with fish, egg, or vegetables and often wrapped in seaweed.
[Japanese, from Old Japanese susi, salted fish preserved in fermenting rice, possibly a nominalization of susi, sour : su-, sour (akin to su, vinegar, perhaps imitative of a puckering or sucking sound, or from Early Middle Chinese tshɔh, vinegar) + -si, finite predicative adjective ending.]
(Cookery) a Japanese dish consisting of small cakes of cold rice with a topping esp of raw fish
a Japanese dish of bite-sized cakes of cold boiled rice flavored with rice vinegar and rolled in seaweed with or topped with raw fish, vegetables, or egg. Compare sashimi.
[1895–1900; < literary Japanese: literally, it is sour]
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|Noun||1.||sushi - rice (with raw fish) wrapped in seaweed|
dish - a particular item of prepared food; "she prepared a special dish for dinner"