Ca*viare" (?), Cav"i*ar (?), n. [F. caviar, fr. It. caviale, fr. Turk. Haviar.]

The roes of the sturgeon, prepared and salted; -- used as a relish, esp. in Russia.

Caviare was considered a delicacy, by some, in Shakespeare's time, but was not relished by most. Hence Hamlet says of a certain play. "'T was caviare to the general," i. e., above the taste of the common people.


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