calipash


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cal·i·pash

 (kăl′ə-păsh′, kăl′ə-păsh′)
n.
An edible, gelatinous, greenish substance lying beneath the upper shell of a turtle.

[Possibly alteration of Spanish carapacho, carapace.]

calipash

(ˈkælɪˌpæʃ) or

callipash

n
1. (Cookery) the greenish glutinous edible part of the turtle found next to the upper shell, considered a delicacy
2. (Zoology) the greenish glutinous edible part of the turtle found next to the upper shell, considered a delicacy
[C17: perhaps changed from Spanish carapacho carapace]
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The tortoise--as the alderman of Bristol, well learned in eating, knows by much experience--besides the delicious calipash and calipee, contains many different kinds of food; nor can the learned reader be ignorant, that in human nature, though here collected under one general name, is such prodigious variety, that a cook will have sooner gone through all the several species of animal and vegetable food in the world, than an author will be able to exhaust so extensive a subject.
Sedley without bestowing upon him either calipash or calipee.
The meat was flavorful, and the fatty tissue found under the shell, called calippe and calipash, was dried and used to make the turtle soup so popular with European royalty in the 18th and 19th centuries.