Definition of fugu in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfo͞oɡo͞o/ /ˈfuɡu/


  • A puffer fish that is eaten as a Japanese delicacy, after some highly poisonous parts have been removed.

    ‘paper-thin slices of fugu’
    • ‘all fugu chefs must pass a government test’
    • ‘Even so, instances occur of Japanese dying from fugu poisoning, usually because someone without the necessary skill has attempted to prepare the fish.’
    • ‘Japanese prize puffer sashimi - fugu - though some diners die even after well-trained chefs trim the poisonous tissue.’
    • ‘The apotheosis of the sushi chef's art is the preparation of the highly poisonous fugu fish.’
    • ‘Analysis of fugu genomic sequences revealed the presence of five NgR-related genes.’
    • ‘Comparisons of the genetic map of fugu with that of other teleosts revealed that, as expected, the synteny between the two pufferfishes, fugu and Tetraodon, is highly conserved.’
    • ‘The toxin contained in the organs of fugu, or puffer fish, is said to be 1300 times deadlier than cyanide.’
    • ‘A sushi bar run by a true artist who makes his own plates and flies to Tokyo once a week in fugu season to bring back his fish.’
    • ‘Most intriguingly, among the described symptoms of fugu poisoning is progressive limb paralysis while maintaining consciousness.’
    • ‘Chefs must be specially trained and licensed to prepare fugu.’
    • ‘The fugu is a famous fish, at least as a Japanese sushi dish containing a potentially lethal neurotoxin that was featured on an episode of The Simpsons.’
    • ‘Chefs have to be specially certified in handling fugu, there are only a couple in Japan, and even one death gets that licence yanked.’
    • ‘In fugu, only the rtn3-a1 transcript was found.’
    • ‘And not just any fish, mind you, but tasty ones, like flying fish, yellowtail and blowfish - the forbidden fugu - plus spiny, slimy things like ebi, abalone and crawfish.’
    • ‘I know I've done similar things in the past (well, nothing on par with eating fugu, but you know what I mean), so I'll shut up about it.’
    • ‘The fugu enjoys the rare though not necessarily enviable distinction of having the most lethal skin, intestines, livers and gonads in the world.’
    • ‘Risks aside, fugu remains a highly sought after delicacy due to its subtle flavor and air of danger.’
    • ‘Oddly, my nightmares weren't about fugu, they were about Todai, an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant.’
    • ‘Approximately 20 minutes after eating the fugu, he had onset of dizziness and mild chest tightness.’
    • ‘Shimonoseki-city in Yamaguchi, is known as fugu city and supplies a large amount of fugu.’
    • ‘Finally the fugu is set down in front of us to hushed anticipation.’


From Japanese.