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[bool-yuh-beys, bool-yuh-beys; French boo-ya-bes] /ˌbul yəˈbeɪs, ˈbul yəˌbeɪs; French bu yaˈbɛs/
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 Unabridged
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  • Try the tuna tartare as a starter and then some authentic bouillabaisse.
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British Dictionary definitions for bouillabaisse


a rich stew or soup of fish and vegetables flavoured with spices, esp saffron
Word Origin
C19: from French, from Provençal bouiabaisso, literally: boil down
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Word Origin and History for bouillabaisse

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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