bacalao

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish bacalao.

Noun[edit]

bacalao (uncountable)

  1. Alternative spelling of bacalhau
    • 2003 September 5, A. LaBan, “Rooms With a View”, in Chicago Reader[1]:
      House specialties also include a spicy, salty bacalao, pollack stew in a red or white sauce [] .

Spanish[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch bakaliaw, Old Dutch bakeljauw, kabeljauw, of uncertain origin. Possibly from Latin baculum (stick, staff), referring to the way cod were split and dried on wooden sticks. Or, possibly borrowed or influenced by Basque bakailao, which could be related to the Dutch word.

Cognate to Italian baccalà, Portuguese bacalhau, Galician bacallau, Catalan bacallà.

Noun[edit]

bacalao m (plural bacalaos)

  1. cod

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • Roberts, Edward A. (2014) A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Spanish Language with Families of Words based on Indo-European Roots, Xlibris Corporation, →ISBN