- Dried salted cod.
From Dutch bakaljauw, of uncertain origin. Possibly from Late Latin baccalaureus, baculum (“stick, staff”), referring to the way cod were split and dried on wooden sticks. Or, possibly from Basque bakailao. The Basque term may be either the source or the descendant of Dutch kabeljauw, cognates would then include French cabillaud and German Kabeljau.
- Rhymes: -aw
- Hyphenation: ba‧ca‧lhau
bacalhau m (plural bacalhaus)
- (Portugal, colloquial) vagina (woman's genitalia)
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:vagina/translations
- (Portugal, colloquial) handshake (grasping of hands by two people)
- → Hawaiian: pakaliao
- → Dutch: bakkeljauw
- Roberts, Edward A. (2014) A Comprehensive Etymological Dictionary of the Spanish Language with Families of Words based on Indo-European Roots, Xlibris Corporation, →ISBN