Definitions

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  • n. A sort of cake or sausage, made of the salted roes of the mullet, much used on the Mediterranean coast as an incentive to drink.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sort of cake or sausage, made of the salted roes of the mullet, much used on the coast of the Mediterranean as an incentive to drink.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A relish made of the roes of certain fishes strongly salted after they have become putrid: much used on the coast of the Mediterranean as an incentive to thirst.

Etymologies

Italian bottarga, bottarica or Spanish botarga; a kind of large sausage, a sort of wide breeches: compare French boutargue. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • W.lliam and I, and it being very hot weather I took my flageolette and played upon the leads in the garden, where Sir W. Pen came out in his shirt into his leads, and there we staid talking and singing, and drinking great drafts of claret, and eating botargo

    Diary of Samuel Pepys — Complete

  • So home Sir W.lliam and I, and it being very hot weather I took my flageolette and played upon the leads in the garden, where Sir W. Pen came out in his shirt into his leads, and there we staid talking and singing, and drinking great drafts of claret, and eating botargo

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Jun/Jul/Aug 1661

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  • Looks like roejam to me :-(

    December 21, 2010

  • Artichokes and botargo on bread.

    December 21, 2010

  • It does. :)

    December 21, 2010

  • Salted putrid roe. It must taste just delightful.

    December 21, 2010