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or caviare

[kav-ee-ahr, kav-ee-ahr] /ˈkæv iˌɑr, ˌkæv iˈɑr/
the roe of sturgeon, especially the beluga, or other fish, usually served as an hors d'oeuvre or appetizer.
Origin of caviar
1585-95; apparently back formation from caviarie (taken, perhaps rightly, as caviar + plural ending, Latin or Italian -i), of uncertain origin; compare Italian caviaro, Turkish havyar Unabridged
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  • Few persons like caviare; but those who do like it are very fond of it.

  • The roes are made into caviare, and the sounds and muscular parts into isinglass.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • He called a waiter and told him to put more whipped cream on the caviare as yet untouched in the middle of Annesley's pancake.

    The Second Latchkey Charles Norris Williamson and Alice Muriel Williamson
  • He beckoned to the waiter and ordered champagne, cognac, oysters and caviare.

    The Blue Germ Martin Swayne
  • The pathos of the situation may be caviare to the general, but the true amateur in pipes will sympathise with him.

    An Old Meerschaum David Christie Murray
  • Unhappily, I have been so long out of town that these anecdotes of the day are caviare to me.

    Godolphin, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • It is not a question of caviare to the general, or, if it is, the fault rests with him who makes so.

  • But of that evening she had remembered a little pot of caviare.

    Bliss, and Other Stories Katherine Mansfield
  • When they had regaled themselves with potent punch and caviare, the gentlemen followed suit.

    Over the Rocky Mountains to Alaska Charles Warren Stoddard
  • It deposits its eggs in great quantity, which are gathered and made into caviare.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
British Dictionary definitions for caviare


/ˈkævɪˌɑː; ˌkævɪˈɑː/
the salted roe of sturgeon, esp the beluga, usually served as an hors d'oeuvre
Word Origin
C16: from earlier cavery, from Old Italian caviari, plural of caviaro caviar, from Turkish havyār


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Word Origin and History for caviare



also caviare, 1550s, from French caviar (16c.), from Italian caviaro (modern caviale) or Turkish khaviar, from Persian khaviyar, from khaya "egg" (from Middle Persian khayak "egg," from Old Iranian *qvyaka-, diminutive of *avya-, from PIE *owyo-/*oyyo- "egg" see egg (n.)) + dar "bearing."

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