Spanish Word of the Day Archive
Friday July 4, 2014

barbacoa, noun:
barbecue

Barbacoa is one of the many words that English has borrowed from Spanish. And Spanish itself took the work from the now extinct Arawak language, which was spoken on Cuba, Jamaica and Puerto Rico before the Spaniards arrived. The Arawak word was barbacoa, and referred to a wooden framework on posts, which was used for sleeping on or for drying fish and meat. To describe food which has been barbecued, you use the phrase a la barbacoa:

costillas a la barbacoa
barbecued chops


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