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calalu, callalou

/kálaluw/ [Car.; probably of Amerindian origin and borrowed into coastal African languages via 18th century creole Eng.; now obs. in Krio (Hancock p.c.); DJE "fr. Amer. Sp. calalú, Pg. carurú stew with calalu leaves, fr. Tupi caárurú a thick leaf" but cf. also African kalalu broth in Gε (ibid) and Ewe WES, also Kanuri kálu leaf, soup (Koelle 80,102); São Tome Port. calú (Alvarez Nazario 1974:248)] n. a leafy plant, Amaranthus gracilis, eaten Like spinach: 1971 (Rabley 11). 1979 Carlaloo grows wild in the Bahamas . . . (and) can be used like spinach (Burrows 96). (Black)

Tags: food, noun, plant

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Last update: 2010-12-07 15:01
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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