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

  • n. An appetizer of Japanese origin consisting of a marinated piece of chicken liver and a water chestnut wrapped in a slice of bacon and grilled or broiled.


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

Origin unknown.


  • No one will be dragged from their beds and forced to wear collared shirts or attend avant-garde theater productions in Tibetan restaurant stairwells or serve rumaki at backyard barbecues.

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  • In my play world, the drinks were fresh and free-flowing, the rumaki were hot, and the swingers were all passably attractive.

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  • Also, the chicken-liver-and-water-chestnut snack rumaki was popularized in 1941 at the Don the Beachcomber restaurant in Palm Springs, Calif.

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  • I was but a child of 10 for most of 1976, and all I remember of the parties my parents threw back then was the rumaki and the Lipton's onion dip.

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  • What book would you give to friends who yearn to live amid covered bridges, weathered red barns, and church suppers to which nobody brings a dish that includes rumaki?

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  • She finished arranging the rumaki and put the little plate on the counter between us.

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  • The rumaki were little bits of water chestnut wrapped in bacon and held together with toothpicks.

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  • I looked at the table and then I looked at the wine and then I looked at the rumaki.

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  • The toothpicks were black and smoking, and a couple of the rumaki were overdone, but mostly they were fine.

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  • She said, "Oh, damn," and took the rumaki from the oven.

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