- the liver of specially fattened geese or ducks, used as a table delicacy, especially in the form of a paste (pâté de foie gras).
Origin of foie gras
Examples from the Web for foie gras
"It is too marvellous," said Aunt William, as she ate her foie-gras.The Twelfth Hour</p>
He toys with a trinket, having finished his foie-gras and champagne.The Life Of George Cruikshank, Vol. II. (of II)
Chocolate cream to fill the gap between woodcock and foie-gras, for instance!A Childhood in Brittany Eighty Years Ago
Anne Douglas Sedgwick
He refused champagne, foie-gras sandwiches, and vanilla ices offered to him by the enthusiastic and indiscreet.The New Gulliver and Other Stories
Little savouries, foie-gras, or cheese fondus in paper cases are thus handed.
Word Origin and History for foie gras
1818, short for pâté de foie gras (see pate (n.2)). Pâté de foie gras (1827 in English) is literally "pie of fat liver;" originally served in a pastry (as still in Alsace), the phrase now chiefly in English with reference to the filling.