bacalhau

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Portuguese[edit]

bacalhaus

Etymology[edit]

From Dutch bakaliaw, 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 descendent of Dutch kabeljauw, cognates would then include French cabillaud and German Kabeljau.

Cognate to Italian baccalà, Spanish bacalao, Catalan bacallà.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

bacalhau m (plural bacalhaus)

  1. cod
  2. (Portugal, informal) vagina (woman's genitalia)

Synonyms[edit]

  • (woman's genitalia): See here

Descendants[edit]

Further reading[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