es·​car·​got | \ ˌe-ˌskär-ˈgō How to pronounce escargot (audio) \
plural escargots\ ˌe-​ˌskär-​ˈgō(z) How to pronounce escargots (audio) \

Definition of escargot

: a snail prepared for use as food

Examples of escargot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the more recent openings in Greater Cleveland, the restaurant features inside and outdoor dining with dishes like a scrumptious escargot appetizer in a wine-rich glaze. Marc Bona, cleveland, "7 French restaurants with patios in Greater Cleveland worth considering," 7 July 2020 As the name suggests, the surf-and-turf restaurant offers a variety of seafood from oysters to Maine lobster escargot. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "OpenTable says these are the most romantic restaurants in metro Phoenix," 4 Feb. 2020 No, not butter made from snails, but rather, the emerald-green garlic butter used for escargots. David Tanis, New York Times, "When the Craving for Cassoulet Strikes …," 28 Feb. 2020 Hence a carrot grain bowl parked amid the escargots, steak frites and tuna nicoise. Washington Post, "Brasserie Liberté adds some French twists to Georgetown," 15 Jan. 2020 The five-course menu starts with escargot with fennel moussoline, smoked bacon, crimini mushrooms and garlic croutons. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "History -- study it and make it: Sun Messages," 14 Jan. 2020 Frog legs, offal and escargot at fine dining establishments are prepared by some of the world’s top chefs. Nick Rahaim,, "4 tips for getting the most out of your trip to Napa Valley," 20 Feb. 2020 The brasserie offers flavorful seafood, chicken and burger options, along with upscale features like duck confit and escargots. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "Valentine’s Day dinner: 5 romantic Cleveland restaurants for a perfect date," 13 Feb. 2020 The escargot were lukewarm and limp despite the promise that the snails were roasted in a bath of walnut-garlic butter. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Lackluster food falls short at this established French restaurant on Louisville's East End," 27 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of escargot

circa 1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for escargot

French, snail, from Middle French, from Old Occitan escaragol

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The first known use of escargot was circa 1892

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14 Jul 2020

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“Escargot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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