- the part of a turtle next to the lower shield, consisting of a yellowish gelatinous substance, considered a delicacy.
Origin of calipee
First recorded in 1650–60; of obscure origin
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Examples from the Web for calipee
Cut the calipee (or meat belonging to the under-shell) into pieces about as large as the palm of your hand, and break the shell.
The upper part of the turtle is called the calipash—the under part the calipee.
There are chorodens and fricassees, ragoûts and calipee, of rapturous delicacy.Christmas: Its Origin and Associations
William Francis Dawson
- the yellow glutinous edible part of the turtle found next to the lower shell, considered a delicacy
C17: perhaps a variant of calipash