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(kăv`ēär), the roe (eggs) of various species of sturgeonsturgeon,
primitive fish of the northern regions of Europe, Asia, and North America. Unlike evolutionarily advanced fishes, it has a fine-grained hide, with very reduced scalation, a mostly cartilaginous skeleton, upturned tail fins, and a mouth set well back on the underside of
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 prepared as a piquant table delicacy. The ovaries of the fish are beaten to loosen the eggs, which are then freed from fat and membrane by being passed through a sieve. The liquid is pressed off, and the eggs are mildly salted and sealed in small tins or kegs. Fresh caviar (the unripe roe), made in winter from high-grade eggs, is scarce and consequently expensive, especially when imported. Less choice varieties are cured with 10% salt. The eggs, black, green, brown, and the rare yellow or gray, may be tiny grains or the size of peas. The best-known caviar comes the countries on the Black and Caspian seas and the rivers that flow into them, but declines in sturgeon species there and elsewhere has led to a suspension of the international trade in nearly all caviar from wild Caspian sturgeon several times since 2001. Good quality sturgeon caviar is also produced in Italy, France, South Korea, and elsewhere from farm-raised fish. In the United States caviar is made from the roe of white sturgeon. Similar products are produced from the roe of other fish, such as paddlefish, whitefish, salmon, flying fish, pike, and trout.


See I. Saffron, Caviar (2002).


extremely expensive delicacy of sturgeon’s roe; byword for luxurious living. [Western Culture: Misc.]
See: Luxury
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IKRA chairman, Ian Simmons, said: "I've been contacted by lads in the second battalion and they feel no loyalty to the new regiment.
PUPPET SHOW STARS: Hall Garth pupils, from left, Saba Hussain, Sabreena Hussain, Ikra Hussain and Mervish Hussain with their puppet theatre Picture by PETER REIMANN
Teenagers (from left) Zaigham Shah, Ikra Chauhan, Pooja Ahluwalia, Hayden Reed and Sean Roberts have been practising for the real thing at Tamworth Snowdome.
Brian Coatsworth, 48, also from the IKRA, added: "The King's Regiment never got the chance to hold their own farewell parade before its home city.
Her seven children are Ikra, aged eight, Chavez, aged seven, Sanah, six, Arbaaz, five, 15-month-old Feroze and four-month-old twins Saba and Junaid.
The children who died were four-year-old Gawaher Balousha, and her sisters Donya, aged eight, Samar, aged 12, Ikra, aged 14, and Tahrer, aged 17.
Tuesday and she had just pulled up to a friend's home along Sherman Way with her daughter, Ikra, and 5-year-old son, Ayman.
Youngsters Ikra Hussain and Shamraz Rashid, both 11, from Abingdon Primary School, Middlesbrough, have suggested their own places for the Teesside version of the board game.
Ikra Hussain, 11: "I watch other programmes so I don't have time to watch Big Brother.
Ikra Hussain, 11: "I would buy him a mansion in London.
Ikra Hussain, 11: "I will be watching it with my family.
Main picture, 11-year-olds Wajahat Khan and Ikra Husn take orders from Norsheen Akhtar, left, and Iqra Mahmood, right.