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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caballito was in 1840

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“Caballito.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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