Definitions for bacalaoˌbɑ kəˈlaʊ, ˌbæk ə-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ba•ca•laoˌbɑ kəˈlaʊ, ˌbæk ə-(n.)

  1. codfish, esp. when dried and salted.

    Category: Cooking

Origin of bacalao:

1545–55; < Sp bacal(l)ao, prob. < Basque bakaiļao


  1. Bacalao

    Bacallao was a phantom island depicted on several early 16th century maps and nautical charts. The name first appears on a chart in 1508, but there are earlier accounts of Bacalao. Bacallao literally means "cod" or "stockfish". According to Gaspar Frutuoso in his work Saudades da Terra written in the 1570s, the Portuguese navigator João Vaz Corte-Real was in 1472 granted lands in the Azores by the king of Portugal, because of his discovery of the Terras do Bacalhau. However, the work of Frutuoso is generally seen as not very reliable as it contains a great deal of misinformation. Also, Bartolomé de Las Casas wrote about Portuguese voyages of discovery to Tierra de los Bacallao. This has led some to believe that Corte-Real reached the Americas a couple of decades before Columbus. Off the northeast tip of Newfoundland's Avalon Peninsula, there is a Baccalao Island; however, it was likely named after the mythical island.

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– a type of edible fish found in northern seas.

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