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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’ + ‘bird’. (Wiktionary)



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