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kombu Line breaks: kombu
Pronunciation: /ˈkɒmbuː/

Definition of kombu in English:


[mass noun]
A brown seaweed used in Japanese cooking, especially as a base for stock.
  • Genus Laminaria, class Phaeophyceae
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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