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Maybe it's worth telling the OED of the "calver" citation that predates their earliest "caviar" citation. — Paul G 15:14, 13 Sep 2004 (UTC)

I'm moving that here (below), because it really didn't belong in "usage notes" (since our existing senses of the word are not anything to do with caviar). Equinox 01:57, 23 February 2013 (UTC)

A citation from Jehan Palsgrave's 1530 text Lesclarcissment de la langue françoyse reads "Calver of saulmon, escume de saulmon.". This possibly refers to caviar. If this is the case it predates by some 61 years the earliest usage (1591) of caviar documented in the Oxford English Dictionary.

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