What the guac? Oxford updates food definitions
August 28th, 2013
11:30 AM ET
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"Srsly, I had such a girl crush on the vendor who was selling those blondie cake pops with pear cider guac dipping sauce at the street food fair. Squee! Apols for the jorts-wearing selfie, but I totally needed to document the food baby I'm about to have."

TL;DR - Oxford Dictionaries Online announced on its blog today that some food-centric (along with tech and fashion) buzzwords have now been added to its official online lexicon, reflecting: "the linguistic influence of the world of gastronomy." The online resource regularly updates its listings to reflect current terminology, and culinary offerings just since May include:
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June 15th, 2010
09:51 AM ET
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mirin
MIH-rihn
Category: Ingredient
Origin: Japanese
Definition: A rice wine used extensively in Japanese cooking

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June 15th, 2010
09:49 AM ET
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pho
FUH
Category: Dish
Origin: Vietnamese
Definition: A Vietnamese rice-noodle soup made with beef broth and thin slices of beef

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June 15th, 2010
09:45 AM ET
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genetically modified organism, GMO
Category: Description
Definition: An animal or plant whose genetic code has been altered by scientists for durability, flavor other qualities seen as desirable. There's great controversy over the safety and morality of introducing GMOs into the food supply

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June 15th, 2010
09:45 AM ET
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gnocchi
NYOH-kee
Category: Dish
Origin: Italian
Definition: Short, thick dumplings, most often made with potatoes and flour

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June 15th, 2010
09:45 AM ET
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dough
Category: Ingredient
Definition: A solid but pliable mixture of flour, water, and other ingredients that is cooked to make foods like bread. The difference between dough and batter is that dough is not pourable

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June 15th, 2010
09:45 AM ET
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double boiler
Category: Tool
Definition: A piece of equipment, similar to a bain-marie, in which delicate food such as chocolate or custard is gently heated in a smaller pot that fits tightly into a larger pot that contains water that is used to create the steam that conducts the heat. Unlike a bain-marie, the smaller pot rests above the water, and is not immersed in it

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June 15th, 2010
09:45 AM ET
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dragees
drah-ZHAYZ
Category: Ingredient
Definition: 1. Sugar-coated almonds. 2. Tiny sugar balls, usually metallic, used to decorate cakes

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June 15th, 2010
09:45 AM ET
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dry rub
Category: Ingredient
Definition: A dry mixture of spices that is massaged onto a piece of meat before it is grilled or barbecued to add flavor

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