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calamari

[kal-uh-mahr-ee, kah-luh-; Italian kah-lah-mah-ree]
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noun Italian Cookery.
  1. squid.
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Origin of calamari

< Italian, plural of calamaro, calamaio, (for pesce calamaio) < Late Latin calamārium inkhorn, pen case (referring to the ink ejected by the squid), Latin calamārius pertaining to a pen; see calamus, -ary
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calamari

noun
  1. squid cooked for eating, esp cut into rings and fried in batter
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Word Origin

C20: from Italian, pl of calamaro squid, from Latin calamarium pen-case, referring to the squid's internal shell, from Greek kalamos reed
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Word Origin and History for calamari

n.

1560s, from Italian calamari, from Latin calamarius, literally "pertaining to a pen," from calamus "a writing pen," literally "reed" (see shawm). So called from the cuttlefish's pen-like internal shell and perhaps also from its being full of ink.

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