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A paste of fish roe, olive oil, lemon juice, and potatoes or moistened bread crumbs.
[Modern Greek taramosaláta : taramás, preserved roe (from Turkish tarama, soft roe, from verbal noun of taramak, to comb, card (wool), apply a finishing process, of Proto-Turkic origin; akin to Old Turkic tarāmaq, to comb, perhaps of Iranian origin and akin to Persian tār, string, cord, thread; see sitar) + saláta, salad (from Italian insalata, from feminine past participle of insalare, to salt : Latin in-, in, on; see in-2 + Vulgar Latin *salāre, to salt, from Latin sāl, salt; see sal).]
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