umami

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Japanese 旨味, うまみ (umami), from 旨い (umai, delicious), which describes the quality of a pleasant, savory taste.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /uˈmɑːmi/
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  • Rhymes: -ɑːmi

Noun[edit]

umami (uncountable)

  1. One of the five basic tastes, the savory taste of foods such as seaweed, cured fish, aged cheeses and meats.
    Synonyms: savoriness, deliciousness, meatiness, brothiness
    Coordinate terms: bitterness, saltiness, sourness, sweetness
    • 2011, Caitlin Moran, How to be a Woman:
      But we are, of course, sweaty, fleshy lady-animals – all fur and umami.
    • 2018 May 16, Adam Rogers, Wired, "The Fundamental Nihilism of Yanny vs. Laurel":
      A few types of molecules get sensed by receptors on the tongue. Protons coming off of acids ping receptors for "sour." Sugars get received as "sweet." Bitter, salty, and the proteinaceous flavor umami all set off their own neural cascades.
    • 2019, Raquel Pelzel, Umami Bomb: 75 Vegetarian Recipes That Explode with Flavor, Workman Publishing (→ISBN), page 2:
      I quickly realized that I have always been obsessed with umami; I just didn't know it. It's why a sprinkle of Parm on just about anything heightens that dish's flavor; it's why grilled smoky mushrooms taste so good. Umami is a deeply satisfying taste, and luckily for us, umami is everywhere—it's in tomatoes and soy sauce, fresh and dried mushrooms, aged cheese, nutritional yeast []

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Indonesian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Japanese 旨味 (うまみ, umami), which describes the quality of a pleasant, savory taste.

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Noun[edit]

umami (plural, first-person possessive umamiku, second-person possessive umamimu, third-person possessive umaminya)

  1. One of the five basic tastes, the savory taste of foods such as seaweed, cured fish, aged cheeses and meats.

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umami (plural umami-umami)

  1. One of the five basic tastes, the savory taste of foods such as seaweed, cured fish, aged cheeses and meats.

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Japanese[edit]

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umami

  1. Rōmaji transcription of うまみ

Spanish[edit]

Noun[edit]

umami m (uncountable)

  1. umami