noun Etymology: Italian, plural of calamaro, calamaio, from Medieval Latin calamarium ink pot, from Latin calamus; from the inky substance the squid secretes Date: circa 1961 squid used as food

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  • calamari — 1560s, from It. calamari, from L. calamarius, lit. pertaining to a pen, from calamus a writing pen, lit. reed. So called from the cuttlefish s pen like internal shell and perhaps also from its being full of ink …   Etymology dictionary

  • calamari — [kä΄lə mä′rē, kal′ə mer΄ē] n. [It] squid cooked as food, esp. as an Italian dish …   English World dictionary

  • Calamari — Ca|la|ma|ri <Pl.> [ital. calamari, Pl. von: calamaro, ↑ Calamares]: Calamares. * * * Ca|la|ma|ri <Pl.> [ital. calamari, Pl. von: calamaro, ↑Calamares]: Calamares …   Universal-Lexikon

  • calamari — /kæləˈmari / (say kaluh mahree) noun 1. either of two varieties of squid, the northern calamari, Sepioteuthis lessioniana, and the southern calamari, S. australis. 2. squid used as food. {Italian} …   Australian English dictionary

  • calamari — noun /kæləˈmɑːri/ a) squid as food, especially cooked in the form of calamari rings b) squid, the mollusk, in general …   Wiktionary

  • Calamari — Ca|la|ma|ri die (Plur.) <aus it. calamari, Plur. von calamaro, vgl. ↑Calamares> svw. ↑Calamares …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • calamari — [[t]kæ̱ləmɑ͟ːrɪ[/t]] N UNCOUNT Calamari is squid that has been prepared for eating, usually by cutting it into rings, dipping it in a mixture of flour, milk and eggs, and frying it …   English dictionary

  • calamari — /kal euh mahr ee, kah leuh /; It. /kah lah mah rddee/, n. Italian Cookery. squid. [ < It, pl. of CALAMARO, CALAMAIO, (for pesce calamaio) < LL calamarium inkhorn, pen case (referring to the ink ejected by the squid), L calamarius pertaining to a… …   Universalium

  • calamari — n. squid cooked and served as food …   English contemporary dictionary

  • calamari —    (kah lah MAH ree) [Italian] Squid, especially the small squid used in Italian cooking …   Dictionary of foreign words and phrases

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