a formal method of Japanese eating in which the sequence of the items used, food eaten, and actions performed are carefully done by ritual; also, the set of bowls, utensils, and napkin wrapping used in this form of Japanese eating

Silence is maintained during oryoki except for the chanting of certain meal sutras.
Word Origin

oo ‘response to the offering of food’ + ryoo ‘amount received’ + ki ‘bowl’


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