American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The roe of a large fish, especially sturgeon, that is salted, seasoned, and eaten as a delicacy or relish.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A preparation for the table of the roe of certain large fish preserved by salting. The best is made from the roes of the sterlet, sturgeon, sevruga, and beluga, caught in the lakes and rivers of Russia. Caviar was regarded as a delicacy too refined to be appreciated by the vulgar taste; hence Shakspere's application of the word to a play which the vulgar could not relish.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The roes of the sturgeon, prepared and salted; -- used as a relish, esp. in Russia.
- n. salted roe of sturgeon or other large fish; usually served as an hors d'oeuvre
- From French caviar, from Turkish havyar, probably from Persian خاویار (xâvyâr), from خایه (xâye, "egg"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“Though the term caviar is now widely used to describe any sort of lightly salted loose fish eggs, for many centuries it referred only to loose sturgeon eggs.”
“The first recorded usage of the term "caviar," which derives from the Turkish word "khavyar," is attributed to Batu Kahn, Ghenghis Khan's grandson, in a written description of a meal he ate in 1240 at a monastery north of Moscow.”
“The Beluga caviar is apparently flown in from Iran five days ahead of her treatments at a beauty salon in South Kensington.”
“I added some masago (capelin caviar) to the cream cheese.”
“The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) said that it was unable to set export quotas for the Caspian Sea basin, where 90 per cent of the world's caviar is produced, because it did not have enough information about the region's fish population and the illegal trade in the eggs.”
“The worldwide trade in caviar was effectively suspended today when the UN said it could not approve export quotas for the expensive delicacy for the coming year.”
“However, I will single out newcomer Yael for having spoken the quote of the night, Is she having a bath in caviar?”
“CITES's approval also comes at a time when the US government, the world's leading importer of beluga caviar, is considering an outright ban.”
“Large number will still coward at the sound of fish eggs but will eat "caviar" - which also happens to be prepared without heat.”
“The remaining options included classic French soup with lentils and garlic bread (280 rubles, $8.50), a thick concoction with a tangy, unusual taste, and grilled bell pepper and zucchini rolls filled with Ricotta cream and served with eggplant "caviar" - a classic Russian paste of mashed eggplant and other vegetables - for 340 rubles ($10).”
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