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mousse

Noun

1 a light creamy dessert set with gelatin
2 a light creamy dish made from fish or meat and set with gelatin
3 toiletry consisting of an aerosol foam used in hair styling [syn: hair mousse, hair gel] v : apply a styling gel to; "she mousses her hair" [syn: gel]

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English

Pronunciation

Noun

mousse (Plural: mousses)
  1. An airy pudding served chilled, particularly chocolate mousse.
  2. A savory dish, of meat or seafood, containing gelatin.
  3. A styling cream used for hair.
    He slicked his hair back with mousse, but the cowlick still stuck up.

French

Pronunciation

Adjective

mousse m/f
  1. blunt

Noun

mousse f
  1. moss (the plant)
  2. foam (i.e. on a beer)
  3. mousse (dessert)

Extensive Definition

Mousse is a form of creamy dessert typically made from egg and cream (classically no cream, only egg yolks, eggs whites, sugar, and chocolate or other flavorings), usually in combination with other flavors such as chocolate or pureed fruit. The egg whites are beaten before being incorporated into the other ingredients to produce a light and fluffy yet extremely rich confection. It is then chilled to maintain its aeration.
Once only a specialty of French restaurants, chocolate mousse entered into American and English home cuisine in the 1960s. Mousse-like desserts in middle America commonly go under designations like "whip".
Depending on how it is prepared, it can range from light and fluffy to creamy and thick.
Due to usage of raw eggs, eating mousse may lead to food poisoning, caused by salmonella bacteria. Note that in the UK eggs marked with the Lion Mark have come from hens vaccinated against salmonella, although they may not have been pasteurised; but catering establishments generally use pasteurised eggs. Most food service establishments in the U.S. use pasteurized eggs whenever raw eggs are called for, so food poisoning should not be a concern there except in home cooking.
"Bavarian cream" (Fr. Bavaroise) is similar to mousse.

Cultural references

  • Chocolate mousse (pronounced like "moose") with "a chalky undertaste" is a plot element in the 1968 film Rosemary's Baby.
  • In the film Monty Python's The Meaning of Life, the Grim Reaper kills a number of guests at a dinner party. When one of them asks how they could all have died at once, the Reaper indicates that the deaths were caused by "the salmon mousse".
mousse in German: Mousse
mousse in Spanish: Mousse
mousse in Hebrew: מוס
mousse in Norwegian: Mousse
mousse in Portuguese: Mousse
mousse in Russian: Мусс

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Charlotte, Jell-O, blancmange, breakers, candy, carrot pudding, chocolate mousse, collar, comfit, compote, confection, confectionery, confiture, conserve, custard, duff, flan, foam, frosting, froth, gelatin, glaze, head, honey, icing, jam, jelly, junket, lather, marmalade, meringue, offscum, plum pudding, preserve, pudding, puff, rennet, scud, scum, sea foam, soapsuds, souffle, spindrift, spoondrift, spray, spume, steamed pudding, stinging, suds, surf, sweet, sweet stuff, sweetmeat, sweets, syllabub, tapioca pudding, trifle, tutti-frutti, vanilla pudding, whipped cream, white water
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