carallo

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Galician[edit]

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 Portuguese caralho, 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.

Noun[edit]

carallo f (plural carallos)

  1. (slang, vulgar) penis
  2. (slang, vulgar) damm

Interjection[edit]

carallo

  1. (slang, vulgar) shit!
  2. (slang, vulgar) go to hell, piss off, fucking hell, fuck, damn it

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