From earlier abóbeda, from Old Portuguese boveda, probably derived from the hypothetical Vulgar Latin word *volvĭta, alteration of Latin volūta, from volvere (“to turn”).
Cognate with Galician bóveda and Spanish bóveda.
abóbada f (plural abóbadas)
- (architecture) vault (arched ceiling)
- 1851, Alexandre Herculano, A Abóbada, Imprensa Nacional, page 304:
- a abóbada não caiu... a abóbada não cairá!
- The vaulted ceiling did not fall, and shall never fall!