[skam-pee, skahm-]
noun, plural scampi. Italian Cookery.
a large shrimp or prawn.
a dish of shrimp or prawns grilled or sautéed in oil or butter and garlic.

1920–25; < Italian, plural of scampo Unabridged
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scampi (ˈskæmpɪ)
(usually functioning as singular) large prawns, usually eaten fried in breadcrumbs
[Italian: plural of scampo shrimp, of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

1930, pl. of It. scampo "prawn," ult. from Gk. kampe "a bending, a winding," from PIE base *kamp- "to bend."
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Example sentences
Your correspondent enjoyed baked scampi in a spicy peanut coating, served on a
  green papaya salad.
My favorite way to eat it is with shrimp scampi and asparagus tossed in.
Variations such as the crab-stuffed filet and sirloin and shrimp scampi are
For the main course, try the traditional crab cakes, pan seared tuna or shrimp
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