caviar

Definitions

  • PADDLE-FISH So-called from the paddle-like or spoon-shaped snout. Eggs used for caviar. Range: The Mississippi River and its tributaries
    PADDLE-FISH So-called from the paddle-like or spoon-shaped snout. Eggs used for caviar. Range: The Mississippi River and its tributaries
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n caviar salted roe of sturgeon or other large fish; usually served as an hors d'oeuvre
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SHOVEL-NOSED STURGEON This fish is covered with bony plates instead of scales. The roe is made into caviar. Range: Upper and middle Mississippi Valley SHOVEL-NOSED STURGEON This fish is covered with bony plates instead of scales. The roe is made into caviar. Range:...

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Caviar The roes of the sturgeon, prepared and salted; -- used as a relish, esp. in Russia.Caviare was considered a delicacy, by some, in Shakespeare's time, but was not relished by most. Hence Hamlet says of a certain play. “'T was caviare to the general,” i. e., above the taste of the common people.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n caviar 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Caviar kav-i-ār′ an article of food made from the salted roes of the sturgeon, &c.:
    • n Caviar or kav-i-ār′ (originally four syllables), an article of food made from the salted roes of the sturgeon, &c.:
    • n Caviar kav-i-ār′ (fig.) something whose flavour is too fine for the vulgar taste.
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Quotations

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
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    “Some people wanted champagne and caviar when they should have had beer and hot dogs.”
  • Noel Coward
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    “Wit ought to be a glorious treat like caviar; never spread it about like marmalade.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. caviar, fr. It. caviale, fr. Turk. Havīār,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. the 16th-cent. It. caviale; the Turk, khāvyār is prob. borrowed.

Usage

In literature:

Thus from caviar to soup, and from soup to roast, he contradicted Marie-Louise's conception of his state of mind.
"Mistress Anne" by Temple Bailey
Ricky, you devouring scourge, there's not a bit of caviare!
"Lorraine" by Robert W. Chambers
This dish can be served surrounded by little toast with caviar, or anchovies and butter.
"The Italian Cook Book" by Maria Gentile
The flesh is of less importance than the eggs, of which caviare is made.
"Commercial Geography" by Jacques W. Redway
But it is an evidence of Meredith's greatness that his novels are caviare to the general.
"A Manual of the Art of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
Caviare and anchovy sandwiches were the rule in the half hour preceding dinner, which was, of course, a serious function.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson
I wonder how many people in Russia eat caviar.
"Combat" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
But it is an evidence of Mr. Meredith's greatness that his novels are caviare to the general.
"Materials and Methods of Fiction" by Clayton Hamilton
Jankez, his eyes small and piggish, took up a heavy slice of dark bread and ladled a full quarter pound of Danube caviar upon it.
"Expediter" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Also bread and caviar, the latter a Russian delicacy of fish-roe or eggs.
"The Frontier Boys in the Sierras" by Wyn Roosevelt
This river supports a considerable fishing population, who despatch salt fish and caviare all over Russia.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 6" by Various
We had a big dinner, starting with very fine Russian caviare.
"My Diary in Serbia: April 1, 1915-Nov. 1, 1915" by Monica M. Stanley
It was as if an epicure had bitten caviar and tasted quinine.
"Thirty" by Howard Vincent O'Brien
Do you wish your humorous friends to say to you, Grace, will you have a caviare husband?
"H. R." by Edwin Lefevre
We learn to like our musical caviar with surprising rapidity.
"Great Singers on the Art of Singing" by James Francis Cooke
I must just first look after a barrel of caviare.
"Pandora's Box" by Frank Wedekind
Try one of your own caviare sandwiches, if you want anything to eat.
"The Missioner" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The fishery products, including oysters, tarpon, sturgeon, caviare and sponges, are also important.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 2" by Various
He was opening a can of caviar at a table in the corner and came out in response to a gesture.
"The Window at the White Cat" by Mary Roberts Rinehart
Give me some champagne; and I want some caviar sandwiches!
"The Hillman" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
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In news:

Cracking down on caviar harvesters.
Fried beef tendon with pine-cured ribeye, dill and caviar (Creel Films) / SF.
Try California's Caviar- Dispensing Vending Machine.
Caviar distributor pleads guilty in scam.
No more caviar, fancy cars.
See 007 memorabilia, savor martinis and caviar, and watch the new Bond flick at The Dezer Collection Museum.
Discover the land of the czars, revolutionaries, dissidents, vodka & caviar on this tour of Moscow & St Petersburg.
French Mixologists Push 'Cointreau Caviar' to Local Cocktailians.
'Poor rich me and my caviar problems'.
Caviar is a delicacy more typically associated with Russia than Colorado.
But Black River Caviar, based in Breckenridge, is gaining a solid reputation at high-end restaurants across the country for its selection of fresh, clean, high-quality caviar.
(AP) A Las Vegas Strip restaurant bearing the initials of celebrity financier Donald Trump was briefly shut down after health inspectors found violations including month-old caviar and expired yogurt.
(AP) A Las Vegas Strip hotel restaurant bearing the initials of celebrity financier Donald Trump is open again after health inspectors found expired caviar and other violations and shut the place down.
LAS VEGAS — A Las Vegas Strip restaurant bearing the initials of celebrity financier Donald Trump was briefly shut down after health inspectors found violations including month-old caviar and expired yogurt.
Jessica Biel went for all-out glamour with a caviar manicure at the premiere of Hitchcock in New York.
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