- cargol (popular, non-standard spelling)
Uncertain. Possibly from *caracōlus, via metathesis, dissimilation and change of stress of Vulgar Latin *cochleār, Latin cochlea (“snail”), from Ancient Greek κοχλίας (kokhlías, “spiral, snail shell”). Cognate with Spanish and Portuguese caracol (“snail”) Compare with cullera (“spoon”). Alternatively, possibly of pre-Roman Indo-European origin.
caragol m (plural caragols)