If you’re a foodie, you probably know food lingo. Srirachi 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 Merriam-Webster.com, 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 eclairs).
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 puréed with usually garlic, sugar, salt and vinegar and that is typically used as a condiment.