Definition of Wagyu in English:



  • 1mass noun, often as modifier Any of several breeds of Japanese cattle producing tender, marbled beef that typically contains a high percentage of saturated fat.

    • ‘In terms of breeds, the European breed types consistently outperformed the Wagyu breeds.’
    • ‘The Red Wagyu type, the slowest growing, performed worst in terms of gross margin.’
    • ‘Neil and Ivan Prentice have been running Wagyu style cattle on their Moondarah property for around six years.’
    • ‘In order to be designated "Kobe," the beef must be of the Wagyu breed and raised in Kobe, Japan, under strict production standards.’
    • ‘This low yield grade for cattle with high quality grades is most likely a result of early weaning and Wagyu genetics.’
    • ‘The Charolais progeny were significantly heavier than others whereas both the Black and Red Wagyu were significantly lighter.’
    • ‘Invariably, the marbling is exquisite, but the central motive for Wagyu breeders over the centuries is softness.’
    • ‘The farm's herd is a cross between the indigenous Wagyu and another quality export from Scotland, the Aberdeen Angus.’
    • ‘Differences in hot standard carcass weight showed a clear advantage to European types, with variable outcomes for the Angus and Wagyu progeny.’
    • ‘To further flesh out understanding of the genes that relate to fat deposition, MacNeil is studying animals not usually found on U.S. ranches - Wagyu cattle.’
    • ‘It is produced only by native black-haired kuroge Wagyu cattle raised on smallholdings in herds of no more than 15.’
    • ‘At the moment, Britain's sole Wagyu herd is living out its days on 800 acres of lush, rolling pastures, on the far-flung Llyn Peninsula in north-western Wales.’
    • ‘The Red Wagyu group was significantly lighter than all others.’
    • ‘However, dainty Wagyu cows don't look like beer drinkers.’
    • ‘The slower growing Angus and Wagyu types performed the worst.’
    • ‘There is little information on the Red Wagyu breed, although it has anecdotal support for potential as a dual-purpose type (for yield and marbling).’
    • ‘The dams used in the experiment were Hereford cows and heifers, and the sires were Piedmontese (high muscling) and Wagyu (high marbling), eight of each sire breed.’
    • ‘The Wagyu cattle are very attractive for the Japanese.’
    • ‘This in order to comply with the strict Japanese regulations concerning Wagyu (japanese cows).’
    • ‘Here, as in the Kobe region of Japan, they come from the ancient Wagyu breed, which yields meat finely marbled with fat and therefore both tender and flavorful.’
    1. 1.1 The beef obtained from Wagyu cattle.
      • ‘The Wagyu sirloin was properly rich, even oily, but so large that I gnawed my way through less than half of it before gently pushing the plate aside.’
      • ‘If you are a fan of real Kobe Wagyu beef, then you know all about what makes it such a prized commodity.’
      • ‘It's a slow and laborious process and the first British-raised Wagyu meat won't go on sale until the end of this year.’
      • ‘Real Kobe Wagyu beef is graded on a smart 1-9 scale.’
      • ‘Specialised wholesale arrangements can be made for imported Wagyu with David Wynne Finch.’
      • ‘Not as heavily marbled as the usual fare served in Japan it is, nonetheless, a delectable meal (served as Wagyu beef of the day for two people at £ 39).’
      • ‘Below is a picture of a piece of Wagyu beef.’
      • ‘The beef tongue I sampled was tasteless and leathery, and the skimpy helping of grilled Wagyu beef was properly rich and fatty, but not worth its $38 price tag.’
      • ‘British Wagyu should be available by December 2003’


Japanese, from wa ‘Japanese’ + gyu ‘cattle, beef’.