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scampi

[skam-pee, skahm-] /ˈskæm pi, ˈskɑm-/
noun, plural scampi. Italian Cookery.
1.
a large shrimp or prawn.
2.
a dish of shrimp or prawns grilled or sautéed in oil or butter and garlic.
Origin of scampi
1920-1925
1920-25; < Italian, plural of scampo
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  • Better still are scampi, a kind of small crawfish, rather like tenderer and sweeter langouste.

British Dictionary definitions for scampi

scampi

/ˈskæmpɪ/
noun
1.
(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
n.

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

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