明太子

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明太子 (mentaiko): cod roe.
Kanji in this term
めん
Grade: 2
たい
Grade: 2

Grade: 1
Irregular

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Derived from Korean 명태 (myeongtae, Alaska pollock} or walleye pollock) (formerly spelled with the hanja 明太) + Japanese (ko, child; roe).

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明太子 (hiragana めんたいこ, rōmaji mentaiko)

  1. the marinated roe of Theragra chalcogramma, the Alaska pollock or walleye pollock
    A common ingredient in Japanese cuisine. Originated from 명란젓 (myeongnanjeot) Korean cuisine[2], introduced to Japan after the Russo-Japanese War. The typical seasoning and flavor is slightly different in Japan.

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