noun, plural es·car·gots [es-kar–goh; English es-kahr-gohz] /ɛs karˈgoʊ; English ˌɛs kɑrˈgoʊz/. French.
- an edible snail.
- a variety of edible snail, usually eaten with a sauce made of melted butter and garlic
“edible snail,” 1892, from French escargot, from Old French escargole (14c.), from Provençal escaragol, ultimately from Vulgar Latin *coculium, from classical Latin conchylium “edible shellfish” (see cockle). The form of the word in Provençal and French seems to have been influenced by words related to scarab.