Definition of shiitake in English:

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Pronunciation: /SHiˈtäkē/
(also shiitake mushroom)


An edible mushroom that grows on fallen timber, cultivated in Japan and China.
  • Lentinus edodes, family Pleurotaceae, class Hymenomycetes.
Example sentences
  • Then add the cup mushrooms to the paprika purée, the shiitakes to the coriander and mint, and finally the portabella mushrooms to the plain purée.
  • In the name shiitake, take means mushroom and shii is the name of one of the various Japanese trees whose dead wood serves as host to the mushrooms.
  • If you really can't get wild mushrooms, use a mixture of Portobello, a large flat field mushroom, a few shitake mushrooms and some of the brown chestnut variety.


Late 19th century: from Japanese, from shii, denoting a kind of oak, + take 'mushroom'.

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Syllabification: shi·i·ta·ke

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