noun cha·la·co \chəˈlä(ˌ)kō\

Definition of chalaco



  1. :  a goby (Dormitator maculatus) of eastern South America extensively used in mosquito control

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Origin and Etymology of chalaco

American Spanish, perhaps augmentative of Spanish chala cornhusk, from Quechua

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