bacalao

[ bah-kuh-lou, bak-uh-; Spanish bah-kah-lah-aw ]
/ ˌbɑ kəˈlaʊ, ˌbæk ə-; Spanish ˌbɑ kɑˈlɑ ɔ /

noun, plural ba·ca·laos [bah-kuh-louz, bak-uh-; Spanish bah-kah-lah-aws]. /ˌbɑ kəˈlaʊz, ˌbæk ə-; Spanish ˌbɑ kɑˈlɑ ɔs/. Spanish or Spanish-American Cooking.

codfish, especially when dried and salted.
a dish of this, cooked with a tomato sauce, olives, garlic, etc.

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Origin of bacalao

First recorded in 1545–55; from Spanish bacal(l)ao, probably from Basque bakaiļao, perhaps, by metathesis, from Gascon, the presumed source of Old French cabellau, cabillau (French cabillaud ) “fresh codfish,” equivalent to Gascon cabilh, cabelh (diminutive of cap “head”) + a suffix, alluding to the fish's prominent head; though Medieval Latin (Flanders) cabellauwus, the earliest attestation of the form (compare Middle Dutch cab(b)eliau, Dutch kabeljauw ) suggests a non-Romance, northern European origin; see chief

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