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From earlier abóbeda, from Old Portuguese boveda, possibly from the hypothetical Vulgar Latin word *volvita, alteration of Latin volūta, from volvere (to turn), but this presents serious phonetic difficulties. Compare Spanish bóveda. More likely of Germanic origin, from a Gothic *buwitha, from a derivative of Proto-Germanic *būaną (to dwell reside, build).

Cognate with Galician bóveda and Spanish bóveda.


  • (Portugal) IPA(key): /ɐ.ˈβɔ.βɐ.ðɐ/
  • Hyphenation: a‧bó‧ba‧da


abóbada f (plural abóbadas)

  1. (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!

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