from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The roe of a large fish, especially sturgeon, that is salted, seasoned, and eaten as a delicacy or relish.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. roe of the sturgeon or other large fish, considered a delicacy
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The roes of the sturgeon, prepared and salted; -- used as a relish, esp. in Russia.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A preparation for the table of the roe of certain large fish preserved by salting.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. salted roe of sturgeon or other large fish; usually served as an hors d'oeuvre
Alteration of caviarie (probably from obsolete Italian caviari, pl. of caviaro) or from French caviare, both from Turkish havyar, from Persian khāvyār; akin to khāyah, egg, from Middle Persian khāyak.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French caviar, from Turkish havyar, probably from Persian خاویار (xâvyâr), from خایه (xâye, "egg"). (Wiktionary)