from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A Japanese dish of noodles in broth, often garnished with small pieces of meat and vegetables.
  • noun A thin white noodle served in this dish.

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  • noun Soup noodles of wheat, with various ingredients (Japanese style)
  • noun A type of instant noodles
  • adverb amen


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Japanese rāmen, from Mandarin lāmiàn, pulled noodles : , pull + miàn, noodle; see chow mein in Indo-European roots.]

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From Japanese ラーメン (rāmen), from Mandarin 拉麵 / 拉面 (lāmiàn, "pulled noodles").


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  • Ramen (singular raman) are strangers from another species who are capable of communication and peaceful coexistence with humanity, even if they do not pursue the latter. We are able to exchange ideas with "ramen", but would have little or no common ground with them, at least not initially.

    August 3, 2007

  • Also, a tasty and ridiculously inexpensive soup.

    August 6, 2007

  • I first read the "soup" below as "soap" and got confused, imagining uselessness scrubbing away with blocks of dried fried noodles.

    August 6, 2007

  • I wonder if bouillon has exfoliating properties... ;-)

    August 6, 2007

  • Sure beats dried spaghetti. Too rough.

    August 6, 2007

  • Also, dried spaghetti doesn't come in square or rectangular cakes..... Or... it *shouldn't*, anyhow.

    August 7, 2007

  • Unless it's spaghetti casserole. And then it really doesn't exfoliate well at all. Plus it doesn't taste good.

    August 7, 2007

  • Ramen!

    March 9, 2009