What does calamari mean?

calamari meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1560s, from Italian calamari, from Latin calamarius, virtually "pertaining to a pen," from calamus "a writing pen," actually "reed" (see shawm). So named through the cuttlefish's pen-like interior layer and perhaps additionally from its being packed with ink.

calamari meaning in Cooking Dictionary

This ten:armed cephalopod, commonly known as "squid," is related to the octopus. They vary in proportions from 1 inches to 80 feet in length. The meat is firm and chewy, with a somewhat nice taste. Over:cooking can result in a rubbery texture.

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  • Italian and [Spanish] squid.

calamari meaning in General Dictionary

(Italian food) squid prepared as meals