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Uncertain. From Old Portuguese buraco, perhaps from Latin forāmen (aperture, opening) or either from a local derivative of Proto-Indo-European *bʰerH- (to pierce) + a pre-Lattin suffix -akko- / -atto-.[1]

Compare Portuguese buraco, Asturian buracu, furacu. The form furado derives from Latin forātus; compare Catalan forat, Spanish horado, Asturian furáu.



buraco m (plural buracos)

  1. hole

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  • buraco” in Dicionario de Dicionarios do galego medieval, SLI - ILGA 2006-2012.
  • buraco” in Xavier Varela Barreiro & Xavier Gómez Guinovart: Corpus Xelmírez - Corpus lingüístico da Galicia medieval. SLI / Grupo TALG / ILG, 2006-2016.
  • buraco” in Dicionario de Dicionarios da lingua galega, SLI - ILGA 2006-2013.
  • buraco” in Santamarina, Antón (coord.): Tesouro informatizado da lingua galega. Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega.
  • buraco” in Álvarez, Rosario (coord.): Tesouro do léxico patrimonial galego e portugués, Santiago de Compostela: Instituto da Lingua Galega.
  1. ^ Coromines, Joan; Pascual, José A. (1991–1997). Diccionario crítico etimológico castellano e hispánico. Madrid: Gredos, s.v. horadar.



Of uncertain origin.

Possibly from Old Portuguese furaco, through Vulgar Latin *foraculum from Latin forāmen (aperture, opening). Compare Galician buraco, furaco, furado, Asturian furacu, buracu, Leonese buraco, and Spanish buraco; cf. also Catalan forat, Spanish horado.

It could instead be from or cognate with Hindi सुराख (surākh, eyelet), Persian سوراخ (orifice), which are ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ḱouH-r-o-.[1]

Or, possibly borrowed from Old High German boron (to bore, drill).[2]



buraco m (plural buracos)

  1. pit; hole (hollow spot in a surface)
  2. burrow (a tunnel or hole dug by a creature)
  3. (figuratively, depreciative) a very filthy, crude or precarious house
  4. (billiards, pool, snooker) pocket (cavity with a sack at each corner and one centered on each side of a pool or snooker table)
  5. hole (an opening in a solid)
  6. (figuratively) gap (a vacant time)
  7. (figuratively) an emotional gap caused by someone’s death or absence
  8. (slang) a difficult situation financially
  9. (card games) canasta, especially its Brazilian variant


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  1. First-person singular (eu) present indicative of buracar


  1. ^ Sebastião Rodolfo Dalgado (1988): Portuguese Vocables in Asiatic Languages: From the Portuguese Original of Monsignor Sebastião Rodolfo Dalgado, Volume 1, p. 59
  2. ^ buraco in Dicionário Aberto based on Novo Diccionário da Língua Portuguesa de Cândido de Figueiredo, 1913