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or caviare

[kav-ee-ahr, kav-ee-ahr] /ˈkæv iˌɑr, ˌkæv iˈɑr/
the roe of sturgeon, especially the beluga, or other fish, usually served as an hors d'oeuvre or appetizer.
Origin of caviar
1585-95; apparently back formation from caviarie (taken, perhaps rightly, as caviar + plural ending, Latin or Italian -i), of uncertain origin; compare Italian caviaro, Turkish havyar Unabridged
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  • They're just bein' served with Oolong and caviar sandwiches.

    Torchy and Vee Sewell Ford
  • It would begin to look like a quick change from caviar to Crackers.

    Ade's Fables George Ade
  • I like your yacht better, and your chef and your alligator pears, and caviar.

    Mistress Anne Temple Bailey
  • On the caviar from this fish the youth lived thirty years, in the belly of that fish.

  • Like caviar, the genre is digestible only by those who have acquired a taste for it.

British Dictionary definitions for caviar


/ˈkævɪˌɑː; ˌkævɪˈɑː/
the salted roe of sturgeon, esp the beluga, usually served as an hors d'oeuvre
Word Origin
C16: from earlier cavery, from Old Italian caviari, plural of caviaro caviar, from Turkish havyār


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Word Origin and History for caviar

also caviare, 1550s, from French caviar (16c.), from Italian caviaro (modern caviale) or Turkish khaviar, from Persian khaviyar, from khaya "egg" (from Middle Persian khayak "egg," from Old Iranian *qvyaka-, diminutive of *avya-, from PIE *owyo-/*oyyo- "egg" see egg (n.)) + dar "bearing."

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