bouillabaisse [bool-yuh-beys, bool-yuh-beys; French boo-ya-bes] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a soup or stew containing several kinds of fish and often shellfish, usually combined with olive oil, tomatoes, and saffron.

Origin of bouillabaisse 1850–55; French Provençal boui-abaisso, taken as either “boil it, then lower the heat,” or “when it boils, lower the heat”; boui 2nd singular imperative or 3rd singular present of bouie to boil1; abaisso 2nd singular imperative of abaissa to lower; see abase Examples from the Web for bouillabaisse Contemporary Examples of bouillabaisse

  • But the boycott measure is also confused, chiefly because of its bouillabaisse of motivations.

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  • I love caldeirada, which is a Portuguese version of bouillabaisse.

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  • Historical Examples of bouillabaisse

  • It was half-past seven already, the bouillabaisse could not wait.

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  • The better, finer and firmer the fish, the better the Bouillabaisse.

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  • Pascal’s is famous for its fish, and especially for its bouillabaisse.

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  • It is all served together like bouillabaisse, the semolina answering to the bread, and extract of pomidoro is added.


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  • Though this petit djeuner was very recherch, the bouillabaisse threw all the accessory dishes into the shade.

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  • British Dictionary definitions for bouillabaisse bouillabaisse noun

    1. a rich stew or soup of fish and vegetables flavoured with spices, esp saffron

    Word Origin for bouillabaisse C19: from French, from Provençal bouiabaisso, literally: boil down Word Origin and History for bouillabaisse n.

    fish stew, 1845, from French bouillabaisse (19c.), from Provençal bouiabaisso, boulh-abaisso, a compound of two verbs corresponding to English boil-abase (the latter in the original sense of “to lower”).

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