caralho

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Portuguese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

The etymology is uncertain, but the most plausible source on the basis of both semantics and historical phonology appears to be unattested Vulgar Latin *c(h)araculum, which would have been a Latinized diminutive of Ancient Greek χάραξ ‎(khárax, stick), from χαρακτήρ ‎(kharaktḗr).

Another possibility is Late Latin cassus or its diminutive, carassus ‎(empty), eventually used to describe a crow's nest on a ship.

Certain cognates include Spanish carajo, Galician carallo and Catalan carall. Attempts to attribute Italian same-meaning cazzo to the same etymon fail on phonological grounds, as the /r/ of carajo (or its absence in cazzo) remains unexplained, and no Latin phonological sequence develops as both /x/ in Spanish and /tts/ in Italian.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

caralho m (plural caralhos)

  1. (slang, vulgar) penis; dick; cock
  2. (slang, vulgar) shit; crap; worthless stuff or thing

Synonyms[edit]

Interjection[edit]

caralho

  1. (slang, vulgar) fuck!

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