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[kal-uh-mer-ee, -muh-ree]
noun, plural cal·a·mar·ies.
  1. a squid, especially of the genus Loligo.
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Also cal·a·mar [kal-uh-mahr] /ˈkæl əˌmɑr/.

Origin of calamary

1560–70; apparently < Latin calamārius (see calamari), though the metaphor may be dependent on a popular form such as Italian calamaro
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Examples from the Web for calamary

Historical Examples

  • A name for the calamary, Loligo vulgaris, an animal allied to the cuttle-fish.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • Calamary, kal′a-mar-i, n. a popular name applied to numerous forms of cuttle-fish or Cephalopoda, more esp.

  • It seldom exceeds four or five inches in length, and, like the Calamary, is used largely as a bait by fishermen.

    The Sea Shore

    William S. Furneaux

  • An animal allied to the cuttle-fish, belonging to the class Cephalopoda; the calamary or Loligo of naturalists.

    The Sailor's Word-Book

    William Henry Smyth

  • Squid, skwid, n. a kind of cuttle-fish or calamary: a lure used in trolling for fish.