an edible Japanese mushroom (Lentinus edodes) from a family (Agaricaceae) of basidiomycetous fungi
Origin of shiitakeJapanese ; from shii, name for any of several trees + take, mushroom
A mushroom (Lentinula edodes) native to East Asia, having an edible golden or dark brown cap.
Origin of shiitakeJapanese : shii, the East Asian species of chinquapin Castanopsis cuspidata (on the dead logs of which the mushroom is often cultivated) + take, mushroom.
(plural shiitake or shiitakes)
- A wide, brown variety of edible mushroom, Lentinula edodes.