Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A thick, sweet, pungent sauce used in Chinese cooking.

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  • n. A sauce made from soy, garlic, chili etc, used in Chinese cooking

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  • n. a thick sweet and pungent Chinese condiment

Etymologies

Chinese (Cantonese) hoísin, seafood, equivalent to Chinese (Mandarin) hacaron.gifi, ocean + Chinese (Mandarin) xiān, fresh, delicacy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
"Chinese" (Wiktionary)

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