The Alternative Portuguese Dictionary: caralho
The etymology is unknown, but the most plausible source on the basis of both semantics and historical phonology appears to be unattested Latin *c(h)araculum, which would have been a Latinized diminutive of Greek charax 'stick'. This also provides a single, phonologically coherent source for the cognates Spanish carajo and Catalan carall. Attempts to attribute Italian same-meaning cazzo to the same etymon fail on phonological grounds, as the /r/ of carajo (or its absence in cazzo) remains unexplained, and no Latin phonological sequence develops as both /x/ in Spanish and /tts/ in Italian.
- (Portugal) /kəˈɾaʎʊ/
- (Brazil) /kaˈɾaʎu/
Synonyms: (penis) pinto, piroca, jeba, etc., (shit) merda, porra, droga, porcaria, lixo, etc.
- (slang, vulgar) penis; dick; cock
- (slang, vulgar) shit; crap; worthless stuff or thing
- (slang) fuck!
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