a snail, esp. an edible variety
Origin of escargotFrench
An edible snail, especially one prepared as an appetizer or entrée.
Origin of escargotFrench, from Old French escargol, from Old Provençal escaragol, probably from variant of dialectal escarabol (perhaps influenced by Occitan cagarol, caragol, snail), from Latin scarabaeus, beetle; see scarab.
(countable and uncountable, plural escargots)