Antedating of umami

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sat Nov 26 23:40:53 UTC 2011

The OED has 1979 for the earliest appearance of umami. I found what appears to be a 1969 citation. The actual citation is pieced together from two Google pages.

Japanese psychological research, Volumes 11-14, Nihon Shinri Gakkai, OCLC FirstSearch Electronic Collections Online, page 149 (,

Yoshida (1963) studied the nature of 1 Formaly maiden name; Sachiko Ishii tastetetrahedron, by multidimensional scaling, especially with regard to the place of complex taste of umami (delicious taste) or shibumi (astringent taste) among the classical four fundamental tastes.

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

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