Pronunciation: [ah-mewz-BOOSH (-GEU<em>R</em>L)]
French derivative for "appetizer," typically referring to a small one- or two-bite portion of something special or exotic to tickle the tastebuds. Such offerings are not on the menu and are presented to diners before the meal begins.
From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.