Definition of umami in English:

umami

Syllabification: u·ma·mi
Pronunciation: /o͞oˈmämē
 
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noun

  • A category of taste in food (besides sweet, sour, salt, and bitter), corresponding to the flavor of glutamates, especially monosodium glutamate.
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    • Mammals can basically sense tastes of sweet, sour, bitterness, salt, and umami (the taste of monosodium glutamate).
    • Bitter, sweet, and umami flavours in food make the wine seem more bitter.
    • Saltiness in foods high in umami neutralizes the bitter or metallic tastes in the wine you drink with these foods.

Origin

Japanese, literally 'deliciousness'.

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