Caviar meaning

kăvē-är, kävē-
The roe of a large fish, especially sturgeon, that is salted, seasoned, and eaten as a delicacy or relish.
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The definition of caviar is pickled or salted eggs of sturgeon or other large fish which is often eaten as an appetizer and is generally considered a delicacy.

Masses of eggs from a salmon that are spread on crackers and served in a very fancy restaurant is an example of caviar.

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The roe of a large fish, especially sturgeon, that is salted, seasoned, and eaten as a delicacy or relish.
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The salted eggs of sturgeon, salmon, etc. eaten as an appetizer.
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Roe of the sturgeon or other large fish, considered a delicacy.
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caviar to the general
  • a thing appealing only to a highly cultivated taste: Hamlet II, ii
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Origin of caviar

  • Alteration of earlier caviarie (probably from obsolete Italian caviari) (pl. of caviaro) or from French caviare both from Turkish havyar from Persian khāviyār probably from a Caspian Iranian dialect variant of Persian khāya-dār egg-holding (as in māhī-i khāya-dār egg-holding fish) khāya egg (from Middle Persian xāyag awi- in Indo-European roots) -dār holder zamindar

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Alteration of earlier caviarie (probably from obsolete Italian caviari) (pl. of caviaro) or from French caviare both from Turkish havyar from Persian khāviyār probably from a Caspian Iranian dialect variant of Persian khāya-dār egg-holding (as in māhī-i khāya-dār egg-holding fish) khāya egg (from Middle Persian xāyag awi- in Indo-European roots) -dār holder zamindar

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French caviar, from Turkish havyar, probably from Persian خاویار (xâvyâr), from خایه (xâye, “egg”).

    From Wiktionary