Definition of seitan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsāˌtan/


A high-protein vegetarian food made from cooked wheat gluten.
Example sentences
  • Many interesting meat substitutes are available, including seitan, a popular meat alternative in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cooking.
  • As if shellfish wasn't an odd enough core ingredient for jerky, two West Virginia guys decided to remove the meat altogether and replace it with bases of soy, seitan and shiitake mushrooms.


Origin uncertain: perhaps from Japanese shokubutsusei tanpaku 'vegetable protein'.

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Syllabification: sei·tan

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