bouillabaisse[bo̵̅o̅′yä bes′, -bās′; bo̵ol′yə-]
- 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: Fr < Prov boulh-abaisso, lit., boils and settles < bouli (Fr bouillir), to boil + abaissa (Fr abaisser): see abase
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- A highly seasoned stew made of several kinds of fish and shellfish.
- A combination of various different, often incongruous elements: a bouillabaisse of special interests.
Origin: French, 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).