Shiitake meaning

shē-täkē, shēē-täkĕ
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A mushroom (Lentinula edodes) native to East Asia, having an edible golden or dark brown cap.
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An edible Japanese mushroom (Lentinus edodes) from a family (Agaricaceae) of basidiomycetous fungi.
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A wide, brown variety of edible mushroom, Lentinula edodes.
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Origin of shiitake

  • Japanese shii the East Asian species of chinquapin Castanopsis cuspidata (on the dead logs of which the mushroom is often cultivated) take mushroom

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Borrowing from Japanese 椎茸 (しいたけ, shītake).

    From Wiktionary