[ rob-uh-loh, roh-buh-, roh-bah-loh ]
/ ˈrɒb əˌloʊ, ˈroʊ bə-, roʊˈbɑ loʊ /

noun, plural (especially collectively) rob·a·lo, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) rob·a·los.


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Which of the following animal names traces its immediate origin to Portuguese?

Origin of robalo

Borrowed into English from Portuguese around 1885–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for robalo

  • It is known as snook on the east coast, and as rovallia on the west coast, a corruption of its Cuban name, robalo.

    Favorite Fish and Fishing|James Alexander Henshall

British Dictionary definitions for robalo

/ (ˈrɒbəˌləʊ, ˈrəʊ-) /

noun plural -los or -lo

any percoid fish of the family Centropomidae, occurring in warm and tropical (mostly marine) waters. Some of the larger species, such as the snooks, are important food fishes and many of the smaller ones are aquarium fishes

Word Origin for robalo

Spanish, probably changed from lobaro (unattested), from lobo wolf, from Latin lupus
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