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or cal·li·pash

[kal-uh-pash, kal-uh-pash]
  1. the part of a turtle next to the upper shield, consisting of a greenish gelatinous substance, considered a delicacy.
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Compare calipee.

Origin of calipash

First recorded in 1680–90; of obscure origin
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Examples from the Web for calipash

Historical Examples

  • Take half-a-pound of sugar, a quarter of caviare, a quarter of calipash, a quarter of millet and six peaches.

    Punch, 1917.07.04, Vol. 153, Issue No. 1


  • I was remarking that sangaree and calipash, mangoes and guava jelly, dispose the heart to love, and so they do.

  • The calipash, or meat next the back-shell, may be cut smaller—the green fat into pieces about two inches square.

  • At their watchfires they discourse upon the delicate fat round the kidneys as an alderman might talk of calipash.

  • The upper part of the turtle is called the calipash—the under part the calipee.

British Dictionary definitions for calipash



  1. the greenish glutinous edible part of the turtle found next to the upper shell, considered a delicacy
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Word Origin

C17: perhaps changed from Spanish carapacho carapace
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