Definition of shiitake in English:


Line breaks: shii|take
Pronunciation: /ʃɪˈtɑːkeɪ
, ʃɪɪ-/
(also shitake, shiitake mushroom)


  • An edible mushroom which grows on fallen timber, cultivated in Japan and China.
    • Lentinus edodes, family Pleurotaceae, class Hymenomycetes
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    • 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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