A Japanese dish consisting of shrimp, fish, vegetables, etc. dipped in an egg batter, deep-fried to produce a light, crisp crust, and served with a piquant dipping sauce.
Webster's New World
Other Word Forms of Tempura
Origin of Tempura
Japanese 天麩羅 (てんぷら, tenpura), from Portuguese tempero (“seasoning"), a form of temperar, from Latin temperare (“to mix, to temper").
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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