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 (bä′kə-lou′) or ba·ca·lhau (-kəl-you′)
Codfish, usually dried and salted.

[Spanish bacalao and 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; see chapter.]
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(ˌbækəˈlaʊ; ˌbækəˈlɑːəʊ)
(Cookery) dried salt cod
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(ˌbɑ kəˈlaʊ, ˌbæk ə-)

codfish, esp. when dried and salted.
[1545–55; < Sp bacal(l)ao, probably < Basque bakaiļao]
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Dominicans also celebrate Independence Day through a variety of different traditional dishes including mangu and bacalao. Mangu is a plantain mash topped with red pickled onions, usually served for breakfast along with a fried egg, fried cheese and fried sausage.
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