Etymology: Zōni soup

Origin of the word Zōni.

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Zōni is written in the Japanese language using two kanji characters. Since the first, means "miscellaneous" or "mixed", and the second, , means "simmer" or "boil", it is thought that the word is derived from the fact that zōni consists of many miscellaneous items of food (such as mochi, vegetables and seafood) being boiled together.1

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