ca·​ba·​lli·​to | \ ˌkabəˈyē(ˌ)tō \
plural -s

Definition of caballito

: a small fishing boat made of reeds and used off the coast of Peru

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First Known Use of caballito

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caballito

American Spanish short for caballito del mar, literally, little sea horse, from caballito (diminutive of caballo horse) + del mar of the sea

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“Caballito.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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