caillou

FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Norman caillou, of uncertain origin. Compare Picard cailleu, Walloon caie. Perhaps from Dutch kei (stone, rock) or Gaulish cala.

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NounEdit

caillou m (plural cailloux)

  1. gravel, small stone

Usage notesEdit

Only seven words in French ending with -ou have their plurals in -oux instead of -ous: bijou, caillou, chou, genou, hibou, joujou, pou.

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Middle FrenchEdit

NounEdit

caillou m (plural caillous)

  1. stone; pebble
Last modified on 27 March 2014, at 03:48