Definitions

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

  • n. Large shrimp broiled or sautéed and served in a garlic and butter sauce.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a large cooked shrimp
  • n. a langoustine or Dublin Bay prawn

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

  • n. large shrimp sauteed in oil or butter and garlic

Etymologies

Italian, pl. of scampo, a kind of lobster, from Greek kampē, bending (from its shape), perhaps from Greek kamptein, to bend.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Italian (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It's followed by a dish called scampi, which features as the star of the show a ham hock terrine, with squares of raw apple, splodges of almond "gel" and a crustacean oil-laced "soil" made of lactose and flour.

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  • Menu: The Italian-American menu kicks off with a slew of pasta dishes, including red-sauced specialties along with non-red options, such as scampi over linguini with a butter sauce; chicken farfalle with Alfredo, roasted red peppers and prosciutto; and linguine with clams, pancetta and mushrooms in a scallion cream sauce.

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  • Italian restaurants use shrimp in dishes such as scampi, linguine and tortas.

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  • Ninety percent of the customers at Riva seem to end up with pizza at one point in the meal, and even in a city saturated with new pizza concepts, Travi's pies have their niche - crusts thin and pliable as shirt cardboard, bottoms annealed shiny and black by the heat of the brick oven, and sparingly topped with things like tomato and buffalo mozzarella, underflavored meatballs, shrimp "scampi," or potatoes and Fontina cheese, a concoction that turns out to resemble a custardy French gratin plopped down on a crust.

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  • There are several palapa restaurants on this end of the beach and one of our favourites is Daniel's Backstreet and Brewing Company, primarily for its romantic beach side setting, but also for its scampi, cannelloni and home crafted beer.

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  • But they're also – judging by the other "what is?" search terms – puzzled by sauteed shrimp "what is scampi?"

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  • There's the classic New England style ($11 including tax) and the scampi, drizzled with an olive-oil sauce and served on fresh garlic bread ($12 including tax).

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  • Jean-Georges Vongerichten stopped by for cocktails—he had Donald Trump coming in for dinner that night so he couldn't stay for the breaded little neck clams and shrimp scampi—but he's been to Rao's before.

    Snagging a Dinner at Rao's

  • Outside, Mark is lurking in front of the Grosvenor, foisting an A4 ring binder filled with pictures of scampi, gammon and profiteroles at passing trade.

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  • We feasted on homemade pasta with sardines, capers and olives and homemade ravioli and all kinds of seafood Adriatic mixed fish grill, baked turbot, fried scampi, squids and veggies.

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