bouillabaisse

[bool-yuh-beys, bool-yuh-beys; French boo-ya-bes]
noun
a soup or stew containing several kinds of fish and often shellfish, usually combined with olive oil, tomatoes, and saffron.

Origin:
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

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bouillabaisse (ˌbuːjəˈbɛs)
 
n
a rich stew or soup of fish and vegetables flavoured with spices, esp saffron
 
[C19: from French, from Provençal bouiabaisso, literally: boil down]

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bouillabaisse
fish stew, 1845, from Fr. bouillabaisse (19c.), from Prov. 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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bouillabaisse

complex fish soup originating on the Mediterranean coast of France, one of the glories of Provencal cuisine. Recipes for bouillabaisse abound, but the Marseilles formulation is generally acknowledged as the most authentic; it contains, besides fish and shellfish, olive oil, onions, tomatoes, garlic, parsley, saffron, fennel, thyme, bay leaf, and orange peel. True bouillabaisse must be made with Mediterranean fish, including the essential racasse (a bony rock fish), plus whiting, conger eel, mullet, chapon, saint-pierre, and a number of others. Spiny lobsters and crabs are used, as are mussels in the Parisian version of the dish. All the ingredients must be quickly boiled together. Rouille, a paste of garlic, red pepper, bread crumbs, and fish stock, is added at table as a condiment to heighten the flavour. Bouillabaisse has inspired literary praise in verse and prose, notably a ballad by William Makepeace Thackeray on his enjoying a bouillabaisse in Paris

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