Toast and cream cheese topped with caviar.
Masses of eggs from a salmon that are spread on crackers and served in a very fancy restaurant is an example of caviar.
Origin of caviarFrench ; from Italian caviale ; from Turkish kh?vy?r ; from Persian kh?viy?r ; from kh?ya, egg + -d?r, bearing: origin, originally , spawning fish, hence, roe
caviar to the general
Origin of caviarAlteration of earlier caviarie (probably from obsolete Italian caviari, pl. of caviaro) or from French caviare, both from Turkish havyar, from Persian kh&amacron;viy&amacron;r, probably from a Caspian Iranian dialect variant of Persian kh&amacron;ya-d&amacron;r, egg-holding (as in m&amacron;h&imacron;-i kh&amacron;ya-d&amacron;r, egg-holding fish) : kh&amacron;ya, egg (from Middle Persian x&amacron;yag; see awi- in Indo-European roots) + -d&amacron;r, holder; see zamindar.
(countable and uncountable, plural caviars)
- A citation from Jehan Palsgrave's 1530 text Lesclarcissment de la langue françoyse reads "Calver of saulmon, escume de saulmon.". This possibly refers to caviar. If this is the case it predates by some 61 years the earliest usage (1591) of caviar documented in the Oxford English Dictionary.