Definitions

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

  • n. A pungent, salty liquid made from fermented anchovies or other fish, used as a seasoning and condiment in Southeast Asian cuisine. Also called fish sauce.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fish sauce used in Vietnamese cookery.

Etymologies

Vietnamese nuóc mám, pickling brine, fish sauce : nuóc, water + mám, salted fish.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Vietnamese word nước mắm. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She pressed her face into the leather of his jacket and inhaled his scent—old-fashioned lilac hair oil, cigarettes, nuoc mam.

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