caralho

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Portuguese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

The etymology is unknown, but the most plausible source on the basis of both semantics and historical phonology appears to be unattested Latin *c(h)araculum, which would have been a Latinized diminutive of Ancient Greek χάραξ ‎(khárax, stick). This also provides a single, phonologically coherent source for the cognates Spanish carajo 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) fuck!

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