Origin of sushiJapanese
Origin of sushiJapanese.
(usually uncountable, plural sushis)
- (proscribed) A dish, based on Japanese cuisine, the chief ingredient of which is raw fish; sashimi.
- I'd like to try sushi, but the raw meat freaks me out.
- A Japanese dish made of small portions of sticky white rice flavoured with vinegar, usually wrapped in seaweed and filled or topped with vegetables or sashimi.
- For the vegetarians, she served cucumber sushi.
As the word ultimately derives from a Japanese term for rice, some authorities proscribe its use to describe the fish on its own.
From Japanese 鮨, 鮓, 寿司, すし (sushi, originally refers なれずし (narezushi, "rice fermented with raw fish"), later refers 江戸前寿司 (edomae-zushi, "raw fish and rice flavored with rice vinegar")), from すしめし (sushimeshi, "sour rice").