Codfish, usually dried and salted.
Codfish, esp. when dried or salted for use as food.
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