a spicy Korean dish consisting of pickled cabbage, peppers, garlic, etc.
Origin of kimchiKorean
nounpl. kim·chis also kim·chees
A usually spicy Korean dish made of vegetables, such as cabbage or radishes, that are salted, seasoned, and allowed to ferment.
Origin of kimchiKorean kimch’i, possibly from an unattested Old Korean form *kimch’ae : kim, salty (from Middle Chinese &ggr;&schwa;&istroke;m; also the source of Mandarin xián) + ch’ae, vegetable, greens (from Middle Chinese tshaj`; see bok choy).
(usually uncountable, plural kimchis)
From Korean 김치 (gimchi), derived from 침채 (chimchae; 沈菜) in the late Koryo dynasty.