- a stew of various fish, crustacean shellfish, vegetables, and seasonings: the broth is served over bread slices, often with a spicy garlic sauce, and the fish and vegetables are served alongside
- any of various similar stews or soups
Origin of bouillabaisseFrench from Provençal boulh-abaisso, literally , boils and settles from bouli (Fr bouillir), to boil + abaissa (Fr abaisser): see abase
- A highly seasoned stew made of several kinds of fish and shellfish, tomatoes, olive oil, and often saffron.
- A combination of various different, often incongruous elements: a bouillabaisse of special interests.
Origin of bouillabaisseFrench from Provençal bouiabaisso boui imperative of bouie to boil ( from Latin bullīre ) ( from bulla bubble ) abaisso imperative of abeissa to lower ( from Vulgar Latin abbassiāre ) (Latin ad- ad- ) (Medieval Latin bassus low )
- A bouillabaisse, a type of French fish soup.
- (figuratively) A mixture.
- intellectual bouillabaisse
- the radical bouillabaisse that is American politics