Definition of caballito
: a small fishing boat made of reeds and used off the coast of Peru
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Origin and Etymology of caballito
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
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