burgao

noun

bur·​gao
bərˈgau̇
variants or less commonly burgau
bərˈgau̇
or burgo
-gō
plural -s
: a common top shell (Livona pica) of the West Indies whose flesh is esteemed as food and whose shell is used in making buttons and ornamental novelties

Word History

Etymology

American Spanish & French & Portuguese; American Spanish burgao & French burgau, from Portuguese burgó, burgão, from Tupi perigoá

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“Burgao.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burgao. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

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