Caviar Definition

kăvē-är, kävē-
noun
The salted eggs of sturgeon, salmon, etc. eaten as an appetizer.
Webster's New World
The roe of a large fish, especially sturgeon, that is salted, seasoned, and eaten as a delicacy or relish.
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Singular:
caviar
Plural:
caviars

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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

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