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[buh-kah-choh, -chee-oh, boh-] /bəˈkɑ tʃoʊ, -tʃiˌoʊ, boʊ-/
noun, plural bocaccios.
a large, brown, big-mouthed rockfish, Sebastes paucispinis, of California coastal waters.
Origin of bocaccio
1885-90; < Italian boccaccio ugly mouth, equivalent to bocc(a) mouth (< Latin bucca) + -accio pejorative suffix, apparently replacing an AmerSp fish name of like formation; compare Spanish bocacha big mouth Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If you say it is, Petrarch and bocaccio, who used to go there, are on your side.

    Irma in Italy Helen Leah Reed

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