Bacalao Definition

Codfish, usually dried and salted.
American Heritage
Codfish, esp. when dried or salted for use as food.
Webster's New World
Alternative spelling of bacalhau.

Origin of Bacalao

  • Spanish bacalao Portuguese bacalhau both from Basque bakailao probably from alteration of Old French cabillau from Gascon cabelh head (in reference to the cod's large head) from Latin capitulum diminutive of caput head chapter

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Spanish bacalao

    From Wiktionary

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