Unknown. If the element *bac- is a metathesis of *kab- (compare French cabillaud and German Kabeljau from Dutch kabeljauw), then the original form of the word could have been *cabalhau, maybe meaning "large-headed fish".
- (Portugal) IPA(key): /bɐ.kɐ.ˈʎaw/
- (Brazil) IPA(key): /ba.ka.ˈʎaw/
- Hyphenation: ba‧ca‧lhau
- Rhymes: -aw
bacalhau m (plural bacalhaus)
- Hawaiian: pakaliao