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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.
< 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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Examples from the web for calamari
  • The paleontologist's theory was that this killer calamari would capture its prey, drag it down and eat it.
  • Delicious food ranges from festival fare to calamari salad to chocolate dipped key lime pie on a stick.
  • Some common dishes in which squid are found is fried calamari, calamari in marinara sauce and in fish stews.
  • Squid, or calamari, is lower in fat and calories than many other protein sources and is beautifully versatile.
British Dictionary definitions for calamari


squid cooked for eating, esp cut into rings and fried in batter
Word Origin
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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