Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Squid prepared as food.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. squid as food, especially cooked in the form of calamari rings
  • n. squid, the mollusk, in general

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Italian cuisine) squid prepared as food

Etymologies

Italian, pl. of calamaro, from Late Latin calamārium, pen-case, from Latin calamārius, relating to a reed pen, from calamus, reed pen (perhaps from the "ink” the squid secretes); see calamus.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian plural of calamaro, from Latin calamarius, from calamus, Ancient Greek κάλαμος (kálamos, "reed, ink pen"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Again, it made me nervous, because basically, spicy calamari is Korean oh-jing-uh bokkeum, a tasty tangle of squid, vegetables, and ever so sweetened super spicy ggoh-choo-jahng sauce.

    Zero, Zilch for Zip Fusion, West LA

  • Calamari, $2,95, had a great crunch but the calamari was a bit chewy and not fresh.

    Daily Grill

  • But overall the calamari is a very good appetizer.

    Archive 2008-08-01

  • The calamari was a hit (marinated in garlic and lemon, tossed with continental flour and dried oregano and fried very, very quickly in very hot oil) as were the lamb kebabs (marinated in garlic, oil and lemon juice, skewered with alternate onion, red and green bell pepper sections), bratwursts and fresh turkish and lebanese breads with eggplant, spinach and chickpea dips.

    Archive 2004-11-01

  • The calamari was a little flabby, the lemon zest a little too prominent, and the sauce a little less subtle.

    SFGate: Don Asmussen: Bad Reporter

  • Munch on "rabas" (squid tentacles, aka calamari) or "cazon en adobo" (salty, marinated dogfish).

    chicagotribune.com -

  • Ubiquitous as the deep fried squid, aka calamari is, you would think it would start to make that transition into our home kitchens, yet there are so many, who, like myself, think it something best to leave to the professionals.

    thecookscottage

  • On another visit, the calamari was a bit more chewy in the Guazzetto del Adriatic, a melange of seafood with crostini in an aromatic marinara sauce with a hint of the sea.

    miami.com -

  • squid aka calamari is chopped into rings after a quick seasoning and a few seconds on a hot cast-iron pan

    Squid Salad with Roasted Potatoes

  • She has a great voice and she also didn ` t what "calamari" was.

    CNN Transcript Oct 29, 2008

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  • One of the longest words made up of U.S. state postal abbreviations.

    November 11, 2010

  • Once spelled "calarmi" on a restaurant bill handed me in a little coastal town in Florida. I've said it that way ever since, just to laugh, and to laugh again.

    September 24, 2009