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See also: -isca


Etymology 1[edit]

Circa 1300. From Old Galician and Old Portuguese, from Latin ēsca.

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isca f (plural iscas)

  1. tinder (dry plants used to light a fire)
    • c1300, R. Martínez López, General Estoria. Versión gallega del siglo XIV. Oviedo: Publicacións de Archivum, page 220:
      y achou cõ aquel arco hum estormento, et seu esqueyro, et sua ysca, et seu pedernal em el
      there he found, together with that bow, a tinderbox, with its lighter, its tinder, and its flint inside it
  2. bait
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Etymology 2[edit]

Perhaps from liscar.




  1. shoo!
    Synonyms: gache, xo


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


isca (bait)
iscas (dish)


From Old Portuguese ysca, from Latin ēsca (bait), from edō (I eat).



isca f (plural iscas)

  1. (chiefly fishing) bait (substance used in catching fish or other animals)
    Synonyms: ardil, chamariz, cevo, engodo, isco
  2. (by extension) lure; bait (something that tempts or attracts, especially one with a promise of reward or pleasure)
    Synonyms: chamariz, engodo
  3. (cooking, Portugal, chiefly in the plural) a dish made with very thin slices of liver
  4. a bite-sized piece of fried meat, usually fish
  5. tinder; charcloth (combustible material in a tinderbox)

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