Umami Definition

A taste sensation produced by the presence of glutamates and nucleotides and associated with meats and other high-protein foods. It is sometimes considered to be a fifth basic taste along with the tastes sweet, sour, salty, and bitter.
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Origin of Umami

  • Japanese uma- stem of umai tasty, delicious -mi n. suff.

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

  • From Japanese 旨味, うまみ (umami), which describes the flavour.

    From Wiktionary

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