chopstick

n. (usu. pl. – Farrington 1615 as choppstickes) Food [Transl. of hashi, also later in Lafcadio Hearn’s “hashi (chopsticks)” (1894: 107) etc., though a major source beginning c.1699 was the pidgin E chopstick < chop fast (< dial. Chin cup – cf. chaku-, one of several Sino-J. readings of hashi, poss. < hayashi, obs. form of hayai quick – cf. sushi = sui; ult. translating Chin kuàizi, lit. the nimble/quick ones) + E stick; chopsticks replaced the traditional J. tableware of glass, silver, or ceramics during the Nara period] One of a pair of slender sticks used in Oriental countries (and in Western Oriental restaurants) to lift food to the mouth.
(Cannon, Garland. 1996. The Japanese Contributions to the English Language: An Historical Dictionary.)

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