- a large shrimp or prawn.
- a dish of shrimp or prawns grilled or sautéed in oil or butter and garlic.
Origin of scampi
1920–25; < Italian, plural of scampo
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Historical Examples of scampi
Better still are scampi, a kind of small crawfish, rather like tenderer and sweeter langouste.A Wanderer in Venice
- (usually functioning as singular) large prawns, usually eaten fried in breadcrumbs
Word Origin for scampi
Italian: plural of scampo shrimp, of obscure origin
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1930, plural of Italian scampo "prawn," ultimately from Greek kampe "a bending, a winding," from PIE root *kamp- "to bend" (see campus).
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