Definition of nigiri in English:

nigiri

Line breaks: ni¦giri
Pronunciation: /nɪˈgɪri
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • A type of sushi consisting of a small ball of rice, smeared with wasabi paste and topped with raw fish or other seafood: sushi may be the ultimate in sophisticated grab-and-go lunches, but making your own nigiri is surprisingly simple
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    • The nigiri is appropriately sized (bucking the current trend of sushi so big it exceeds any polite mouthful).
    • The two nigiri and sashimi platters we ordered were specials of the day and they did the job, but did not amaze.
    • I usually base the quality of an establishment that serves sushi on their Salmon Nigiri Sushi - if it smells fishy and just doesn't taste too good, forget it - I'm not coming back.

Origin

from Japanese nigirizushi, from nigiri- (combining form of nigiru 'clasp, clench, roll in the hands') + -zushi (combining form of sushi).

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