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[es-kar-goh; English es-kahr-goh] /ɛs karˈgoʊ; English ˌɛs kɑrˈgoʊ/
noun, plural escargots
[es-kar-goh; English es-kahr-gohz] /ɛs karˈgoʊ; English ˌɛs kɑrˈgoʊz/ (Show IPA).
an edible snail. Unabridged
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  • The receptacle is then sealed with liquid fat, and the escargot is ready for the consumer.
  • Dinner can start off with a cup of lobster bisque, escargot with garlic and butter or gently molded duck rillettes.
  • Specialties include garlic escargot, pan-fried redfish meuniere, and bananas foster.
  • More venturesome tastes might prefer the escargot potpie or the vegetable dumplings with spicy soy vinaigrette.
  • The exquisite cuisine belies the atmosphere, with starters that include escargot and salmon carpaccio.
  • The chefs pride themselves on the unexpected and think nothing of pairing goat meat with lobster or composing an escargot potpie.
British Dictionary definitions for escargot


a variety of edible snail, usually eaten with a sauce made of melted butter and garlic
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Word Origin and History for escargot

"edible snail," 1892, from French escargot, from Old French escargole (14c.), from Provençal escaragol, ultimately from Vulgar Latin *coculium, from classical Latin conchylium "edible shellfish" (see cockle). The form of the word in Provençal and French seems to have been influenced by words related to scarab.

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