the roe of sturgeon, especially the beluga, or other fish, usually served as an hors d’oeuvre or appetizer.
the salted roe of sturgeon, esp the beluga, usually served as an hors d’oeuvre
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also caviare, 1550s, from French caviar (16c.), from Italian caviaro (modern caviale) or Turkish khaviar, from Persian khaviyar, from khaya “egg” (from Middle Persian khayak “egg,” from Old Iranian *qvyaka-, diminutive of *avya-, from PIE *owyo-/*oyyo- “egg” see egg (n.)) + dar “bearing.”
hollow-horned, as the ruminants with true horns, as distinguished from bony antlers. adjective (of sheep, goats, etc) having hollow horns as distinct from the solid antlers of deer
noun (Scot) a hen coop Historical Examples
any of several short-tailed or tailless South American rodents of the family Caviidae, as the guinea pig, capybara, or agouti. Historical Examples noun (pl) -vies any small South American hystricomorph rodent of the family Caviidae, esp any of the genus Cavia, having a thickset body and very small tail See also guinea pig
to raise irritating and trivial objections; find fault with unnecessarily (usually followed by at or about): He finds something to cavil at in everything I say. to oppose by inconsequential, frivolous, or sham objections: to cavil each item of a proposed agenda. a trivial and annoying objection. the raising of such objections. Contemporary Examples Historical […]