Foie-gras meaning

fwä grä'
The enlarged liver of a force-fed goose, or, sometimes, duck, often made into pâté de foie gras.
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The fattened liver of a force-fed goose or sometimes duck, usually served sliced or as a pâté.
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The fattened liver of geese or ducks, used for gourmet cooking.
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Origin of foie-gras

  • French foie liver (from Old French) (from Vulgar Latin ficatum) (alteration of Latin fīcātum liver of an animal fattened on figs) (from fīcus fig) gras fat, fatty (from Old French) (from Latin crassus thick, fat)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Borrowing from French foie gras (literally “fatty liver”)
    From Wiktionary