from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A dish of bite-sized marinated chicken pieces grilled on skewers.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A Japanese shishkabob-type dish made with small pieces of chicken, fish, vegetables or beef which have been marinated in soy sauce and then cooked on skewers.
Japanese : yaki, roasting + tori, bird.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Japanese 焼き鳥 (やきとり), from 焼き ‘grilled, toasted’ + 鳥 ‘bird’. (Wiktionary)