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[kal-uh-mahr-ee, kah-luh-; Italian kah-lah-mah-ree] /ˌkæl əˈmɑr i, ˌkɑ lə-; Italian ˌkɑ lɑˈmɑ ri/
noun, Italian Cookery.
Origin of calamari
< Italian, plural of calamaro, calamaio, (for pesce calamaio) < Late Latin calamārium inkhorn, pen case (referring to the ink ejected by the squid), Latin calamārius pertaining to a pen; see calamus, -ary Unabridged
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squid cooked for eating, esp cut into rings and fried in batter
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C20: from Italian, pl of calamaro squid, from Latin calamarium pen-case, referring to the squid's internal shell, from Greek kalamos reed
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Word Origin and History for calamari

1560s, from Italian calamari, from Latin calamarius, literally "pertaining to a pen," from calamus "a writing pen," literally "reed" (see shawm). So called from the cuttlefish's pen-like internal shell and perhaps also from its being full of ink.

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