Definition of egusi in English:


nounplural noun egusi

  • 1Melon seeds of a type that is ground for use in West African cooking.

    • ‘add the ground egusi to the stock and stir’
    1. 1.1A thick West African soup made with ground melon seeds, typically also containing leaf vegetables and meat or fish.
      ‘I still think my dad made the best egusi’
      • ‘his favorite meals are egusi soup and pounded yam’
    2. 1.2A type of watermelon grown especially for its seeds.
      • ‘egusi are easy to grow in Nigeria’s warm, arid climate’



/eˈɡo͞osē/ /ɛˈɡusi/


From a West African language (compare e.g. Yoruba ẹgusi, Igbo egwusi).