caillou

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Norman caillou, of uncertain origin. Compare Picard cailleu, Walloon caie. Perhaps from Dutch kei (stone, rock) or Gaulish cala.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

caillou m (plural cailloux)

  1. gravel, small stone

Usage notes[edit]

Only seven words in French ending with -ou have their plurals in -oux instead of -ous: bijou, caillou, chou, genou, hibou, joujou, pou.

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Middle French[edit]

Noun[edit]

caillou m (plural caillous)

  1. stone; pebble