hoisin sauce[ho̵i′sin, ho̵i sin′]
hoisin sauce definition by Webster's New World
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a dark, spicy sauce used in Chinese cooking, made of fermented rice, soy beans, vinegar, sugar, salt, and chili
hoisin sauce definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A thick, sweet, pungent sauce used in Chinese cooking.
Origin: Chinese (Cantonese) hoísin, seafood, equivalent to Chinese (Mandarin) hǎi, ocean + Chinese (Mandarin) xiān, fresh, delicacy.