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[kal-uh-pee, kal-uh-pee]
  1. the part of a turtle next to the lower shield, consisting of a yellowish gelatinous substance, considered a delicacy.
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Compare calipash.

Origin of calipee

First recorded in 1650–60; of obscure origin
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Examples from the Web for calipee

Historical Examples

  • 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.

    Miss Leslie's Lady's New Receipt-Book

    Eliza Leslie

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for calipee


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

C17: perhaps a variant of calipash
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