[es-kar-goh; English es-kahr-goh] /ɛs karˈgoʊ; English ˌɛs kɑrˈgoʊ/

noun, plural escargots
[es-kar-goh; English es-kahr-gohz] /ɛs karˈgoʊ; English ˌɛs kɑrˈgoʊz/ (Show IPA). French.
an edible snail.
a variety of edible snail, usually eaten with a sauce made of melted butter and garlic

“edible snail,” 1892, from French escargot, from Old French escargole (14c.), from Provençal escaragol, ultimately from Vulgar Latin *coculium, from classical Latin conchylium “edible shellfish” (see cockle). The form of the word in Provençal and French seems to have been influenced by words related to scarab.


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