variants or less commonly burgau
or burgo
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


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

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near burgao

Cite this Entry

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!