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

  • n. Cold cooked rice dressed with vinegar that is shaped into bite-sized pieces and topped with raw or cooked fish, or formed into a roll with fish, egg, or vegetables and wrapped in seaweed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dish, based on Japanese cuisine, the chief ingredient of which is raw fish; sashimi.
  • n. A Japanese dish made of small portions of sticky white rice flavoured with vinegar, usually wrapped in seaweed and filled or topped with vegetables or sashimi.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. rice (with raw fish) wrapped in seaweed

Etymologies

Japanese.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese , , 寿司, すし (sushi, originally refers なれずし (narezushi, "rice fermented with raw fish"), later refers 江戸前寿司 (edomae-zushi, "raw fish and rice flavored with rice vinegar")), from すしめし (sushimeshi, "sour rice"). (Wiktionary)

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    September 30, 2011

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    September 30, 2011

  • "Alice Mabel Bacon, who spent much time in Japan, introduced the word "sushi" into the English language in 1893, in her book A Japanese Interior. It is doubtful that this sushi, which she described as "rice sandwiches," was made with fish. We do know that the "sushi" included on the menu of a Japanese dinner in the fall of 1894 at the Club of All Nations in Manhattan was not. Almost 30 years later, in the spring of 1924, "sushi" was served on the lawn of the Vanderlip estate, in Scarborough-on-Hudson, at a fund-raising event for a women's college in Tokyo, but it is almost certain that no raw fish was involved. All these early references to sushi are likely to variations of the simple treats of sweet sushi rice wrapped in seaweed or in little soybean cakes that were so popular among Japanese children. Source & citation.

    September 30, 2011

  • archetypal sushi

    June 23, 2009

  • True, and many varieties of what we know as "sushi" are not even raw.

    June 22, 2009

  • The only thing you need to remember is that sushi is not a raw fish. Sushi means vinegared rice. June 18th was purported as being National Sushi Day, even though no one had ever heard of it before. It seems to be one of those internet holidays, made up by marketing departments to get people to buy stuff – it's not as if that isn't a distinct possibility. Most people who have written about it so far have all pointed out that they had never heard of National Sushi Day, and that it is probably spurious. At any rate, those who go for it might file into Japanese restaurants and get in on celebrating the suspicious National Sushi Day.

    June 22, 2009

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    October 22, 2007

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    October 21, 2007