Definition of mochi in US English:

mochi

noun

  • A short-grained, sweet, glutinous rice with a high starch content, used in Japanese cooking.

    • ‘It's a good day today - rice, ham and vegetable mix, a hunk of fried chicken complete with skin, and mochi (a chewy substance made by pounding rice for hours) on a stick.’
    • ‘Morning breakfast consisted mainly of congee (a soft rice porridge) with mochi (pounded sticky rice cake).’
    • ‘Third plate: sweet beans with small mochi balls and sweetened chestnut; and green tea cake filled with whipped cream, along with a long pretzel.’
    • ‘Items offered at the altar to deities included traditional Hakka rice cakes, ginger, brown sugar, tea leaves, green onions, mochi and sweet potatoes, representing foods that come from the mountains.’

Origin

Japanese.

Pronunciation

mochi

/ˈmōCHē/