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From Old Galician and Old Portuguese candea, from Latin candēla. Doublet of candil.

Cognate with Portuguese candeia and Spanish candela.



candea f (plural candeas)

  1. candle
    Synonym: estadal
  2. catkin
    Synonym: amento
  3. tassel (of corn)
  4. icicle
    Synonyms: carambelo, carambo, caramelo

Related terms[edit]

See also[edit]


  • candea” in Dicionario de Dicionarios do galego medieval, SLI - ILGA 2006-2012.
  • candea” in Xavier Varela Barreiro & Xavier Gómez Guinovart: Corpus Xelmírez - Corpus lingüístico da Galicia medieval. SLI / Grupo TALG / ILG, 2006-2016.
  • candea” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006-2013.
  • candea” in Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago: ILG.
  • candea” in Álvarez, Rosario (coord.): Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués, Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega.

Old Portuguese[edit]


From Latin candēla. Cognate with Old Spanish candela.



candea f

  1. candle, votive candle
    • 13th century, attributed to Alfonso X of Castile, Cantigas de Santa Maria, To codex, cantiga 8 (facsimile):
      Eſta oitaua é como ſ(ant)a maria fez en rocamador decẽder vã cãdea na uiola do iograr q̇ cãtaua entela.
      This eighth (song is about) how in Rocamadour, Holy Mary caused a candle to descend to the fiddle of a minstrel who was singing before Her.


Derived terms[edit]


  • Galician: candea
  • Portuguese: candeia (see there for further descendants)