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[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.
Also, caviare.
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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  • And the roe or eggs of the sturgeon were prepared through a salting process to become caviar.
  • The eggs of certain fish, mainly sturgeon, are prepared as a delicacy known as caviar.
  • Paddlefish were once an important commercial species and even replaced sturgeon as the major source of eggs for caviar.
  • And if along the way you want to gorge on caviar or get a tattoo, that's entirely up to you.
  • Or when an author forks over a copy of a monograph that costs more than a tin of caviar.
  • But the popularity of the caviar has exacted a heavy ecological toll.
  • Sturgeons are highly regarded, both commercially for their caviar and meat, and for sport.
  • caviar samples represent about one third of the lab's caseload.
  • Others describe the flavor as a mix of seaweed and caviar.
  • The region could also become one of the richest export producers of fresh salmon, frozen salmon, and caviar.
British Dictionary definitions for caviar


/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 caviar

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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