Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Caviare, a word of Tartar origin, denoting a food or relish made of the salted roes of sturgeon and other allied fish, especially the sterlet. Most of the caviare used comes from the fish of the Black Sea and the Caspian, and the rivers flowing into them. It was formerly a great luxury, as Shakspeare's "caviare to the general" denotes; and the use of it is not widely spread even now.