🌏 Region(s): Ryukyu (Okinawa: Shuri, Okinawa: Kumejima)
すぬい【酢海苔・州海苔】 : sunui | define meaning
- Mozuku (sp. Cladosiphon okamuranus), a type of edible seaweed
Cognate to Setouchi (Amami) そのﾙ sonor; Okinoerabu and Yoron しぬい shinui; Okinawan すぬい sunui; Miyako [sɿnuɿ] and [sɿnuɭ]; Ishigaki (Yaeyama) すのーる sunooru; and Taketomi (Yaeyama) すぬる sunuru "Mozuku (edible seaweed)". Also cognate to the historical Japanese term すのり【州海苔】 sunori, which referred to either fresh-water algae (sp. Prasiola japonica) or to various species of brown algae (family Chordariaceae) that are thicker than Mozuku. The term may go back to a compound of す【酢】 su "vinegar" and のり【海苔】 nori "seaweed" owing to the fact that it is commonly cooked in vinegar.