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‘Sriracha,’ ‘froyo’ among 250 new additions to Merriam-Websters online dictionary

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Bottles of Sriracha hot chili sauce, made by Huy Fong Foods, are seen on a supermarket shelf in San Gabriel, California.
By Detroit Free Press staff, Detroit Free Press (TNS)

If you’re a foodie, you probably know food lingo. Sriracha and IPA are standards in your vocabulary. But now Merriam Webster, the Springfield, Mass., company known for print and online dictionary sources, is making them official. Among the 250 new words and definitions added to, several are food-related.

Here’s a selection of those being added and their definitions:

Bibimbap: a Korean dish of rice with cooked vegetables, usually meat, and often a raw or fried egg.

California roll: a type of sushi roll containing avocado, cucumber, and cooked crabmeat or imitation crabmeat with a wrapping of seaweed and rice.

Callery pear: a deciduous tree (Pyrus calleryana) of the rose family that has upright branches forming a conical crown, heart-shaped glossy leaves with finely serrated margins, showy clusters of white flowers, and small, bitter, brownish round fruits.

Choux pastry: a very light, egg-based dough used to make pastries (such as cream puffs and éclairs).

Cordon bleu: stuffed with ham and Swiss cheese (like chicken cordon bleu),

Cross contamination: inadvertent transfer of bacteria or other contaminants from one surface, substance, etc., to another especially because of unsanitary handling procedures.

Farmers market: a market at which local farmers sell their agricultural products directly to consumers.

Froyo: frozen yogurt.

IPA: a pale ale made with extra hops.

Saigon cinnamon: the dried, aromatic bark of a Vietnamese tree (Cinnamomum loureirii) that yields a sweet and spicy cassia sold as cinnamon.

Sriracha: a pungent sauce that is made from hot peppers pureed with usually garlic, sugar, salt and vinegar and that is typically used as a condiment.


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