noun \ˈka-vē-ˌär also ˈkä-\

: the eggs of a large fish (such as the sturgeon) that are salted and eaten as food

Full Definition of CAVIAR

:  processed salted roe of large fish (as sturgeon)
:  something considered too delicate or lofty for mass appreciation —usually used in the phrase caviar to the general
:  something considered the best of its kind

Variants of CAVIAR

cav·i·ar also cav·i·are \ˈka-vē-ˌär also ˈkä-\

Origin of CAVIAR

earlier cavery, caviarie, from obsolete Italian caviari, plural of caviaro, from Turkish havyar
First Known Use: circa 1560


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Eggs, or roe, of sturgeon preserved with salt. Most true caviar is produced in Russia and Iran, from fish taken from the Caspian and Black seas. The best grade, beluga, is prepared from large black or gray eggs; fresh beluga is relatively scarce and thus expensive. Caviar may be pasteurized for longer storage. Lesser grades are made from smaller, denser eggs. In the U.S., the roe of salmon, whitefish, lumpfish, and paddlefish is sometimes sold under the name caviar.


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