Definition of Jew's ear in English:

Jew's ear


  • A common fungus with a brown rubbery cup-shaped fruiting body, growing on dead or dying trees in both Eurasia and North America.

    • ‘Besides Banh cuon Thanh Tri, there is rolled rice pancake made from minced pork, Jew's ears and thin-top mushrooms.’
    • ‘I noticed when I went into the Cambridge Cheese Company shop that they had dried Jew's ears on sale at a cost of £45 per kilo.’
    • ‘China accounts for such a high percentage because it produces dried shiitake mushrooms, fresh shiitake mushrooms, and Jew's ear.’
    • ‘Grind 15 grams of fried sesame with 60 grams of Jew's ear, half of it raw and half fried.’
    • ‘Mutton, soft-shelled turtles, chicken, longan, chili, walnuts and Jew's ear are very good to enrich energy and blood.’
    • ‘A popular ingredient in Szechuan cooking, wood ear, is also known as the tree ear, Jew's ear or cloud ear mushroom.’
    • ‘We had guests tonight, so mum made chicken soup with Jew's ears, poached shrimps, stir-fried celery and a nicely cooked weever with soy-sauce.’
    • ‘A delicious side dish, Jew's ear also can be added to many dishes such as fish, meat, chicken and all kinds of soup.’


Mid 16th century: a mistranslation of medieval Latin auricula Judae Judas's ear, from its shape, and because it grows on the elder, which was said to be the tree from which Judas Iscariot hanged himself.