umami
[ oo-mah-mee ]
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Part of Speech noun
Origin + Etymology
1908; Japanese coined by chemist Kikunae Ikeda, who first identified the flavor profile scientifically, literally "deliciousness"
Synonyms
  • meaty
  • broth-like
  • savory
Antonyms
  • sweet
  • sour
  • bitter
Definition
a strong meaty taste imparted by glutamate and certain other amino acids: often considered to be one of the basic taste sensations along with sweet, sour, bitter, and salty
Example
A) They especially enjoyed the umami flavors of the soy sauce on their sushi. B) Adding anchovies to the recipe may seem strange, but it adds some wonderful umami to the sauce.
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