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[skam-pee, skahm-] /ˈskæm pi, ˈskɑm-/
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.
Origin of scampi
1920-25; < Italian, plural of scampo Unabridged
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Examples from the web for scampi
  • 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 available.
  • For the main course, try the traditional crab cakes, pan seared tuna or shrimp scampi.
  • The steakhouse and seafood restaurant features such items as oysters, filet mignon and jumbo shrimp scampi.
  • Dinner items range from bouillabaisse and filet mignon to shrimp scampi and caramelized double pork loin chops.
  • The chef's specials are baked in the restaurant's signature scampi sauce, then quickly grilled.
  • The lunch menu features fried calamari and stuffed shrimp scampi.
  • House specials include shrimp scampi and linguine with white clam sauce.
  • Captain's specialties include grilled churrasco and chimichurri shrimp, plus a scampi feast served with homemade sauce.
British Dictionary definitions for scampi


(usually functioning as sing) large prawns, usually eaten fried in breadcrumbs
Word Origin
Italian: plural of scampo shrimp, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for scampi

1930, plural of Italian scampo "prawn," ultimately from Greek kampe "a bending, a winding," from PIE root *kamp- "to bend" (see campus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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