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[kuh-val-uh, -vahy-uh]
noun, plural ca·val·las, (especially collectively) ca·val·la.
  1. king mackerel.
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Origin of cavalla

< Spanish caballa, feminine derivative of caballo horse < Latin caballus (see capercaillie); for a parallel E use of “horse” for a fish, see redhorse
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Examples from the Web for cavalla

Historical Examples

  • Yubloky, ascending the stream, also on the west bank of Cavalla river.

    Stanley in Africa

    James P. Boyd

  • Mehemet Ali was a native of Cavalla who held a military command in Egypt.


    A. W. Kinglake

  • "I've a letter of introduction for a clerk in Cavalla," Sylvia reminded him, with a smile.

    Sylvia &amp; Michael

    Compton Mackenzie

  • From this point the boundary between France and Liberia would be the course of the Cavalla river from near its source to the sea.

  • The St Paul, though inferior to the Cavalla in length, is a large river with a considerable volume of water.

British Dictionary definitions for cavalla



noun plural -la, -las or -lies
  1. any of various tropical carangid fishes, such as Gnathanodon speciosus (golden cavalla)
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Word Origin

C19: from Spanish caballa, from Late Latin, feminine of caballus horse
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