baccalà

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Etymology[edit]

Uncertain. If the element *bak- is a metathesis of *kab- (compare French cabillaud and German Kabeljau from Dutch kabeljauw), then the original form of the word could have been *cabalao, maybe meaning "large-headed fish".

Cognate to Catalan bacallà, Portuguese bacalhau, Spanish bacalao.

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Noun[edit]

baccalà m (invariable)

  1. salt cod, stockfish
  2. (figuratively) a foolish person