Definition of kombu in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈkɒmbuː


[mass noun]
  • A brown seaweed used in Japanese cooking, especially as a base for stock.
    • Genus Laminaria, class Phaeophyceae
    More example sentences
    • Two wholesome brown kelps that are popular among Japanese diners are kombu and arame.
    • Some, like agar-agar, alginates, and carrageenan, are derived from seaweeds; the Japanese use of kombu is an outstanding example.
    • Other commonly used seaweeds are wakame and kombu, which are types of kelp.


late 19th century: Japanese.

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