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[skam-pee, skahm-]
noun, plural scam·pi. Italian Cookery.
  1. a large shrimp or prawn.
  2. a dish of shrimp or prawns grilled or sautéed in oil or butter and garlic.
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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

    E.V. Lucas

British Dictionary definitions for scampi


  1. (usually functioning as singular) large prawns, usually eaten fried in breadcrumbs
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Word Origin for scampi

Italian: plural of scampo shrimp, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for scampi


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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