[ kal-uh-mahr-ee, kah-luh-; Italian kah-lah-mah-ree ]
/ ˌkæl əˈmɑr i, ˌkɑ lə-; Italian ˌkɑ lɑˈmɑ ri /

noun Italian Cookery.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for calamari


/ (ˌkæləˈmɑːrɪ) /


squid cooked for eating, esp cut into rings and fried in batter

Word Origin for calamari

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



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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