Alternative formsEdit


From Old Galician and Old Portuguese (compare Portuguese fêvera), from Latin fibra (fiber; boneless meat) (compare Spanish hebra); less probably, from an Arabic source.[1]



freba f (plural frebas)

  1. fiber, thread
  2. lean, boneless meat, specially when referring to pork loin meat
    • 1707, Salvador Francisco Roel, Entremés ao real e feliz parto da nosa raíña:
      Afonso: Ora partan o pernil.
      Albino: E mais tenbos boa freba.
      Afonso: "Let them cut the ham".
      Albino: "And it has good lean!"
      for all in this way

Derived termsEdit


  1. ^ Corriente, Federico (2008), “febra”, in Dictionary of Arabic and Allied Loanwords. Spanish, Portuguese, Catalan, Galician and Kindred Dialects (Handbook of Oriental Studies; 97), Leiden: Brill, →ISBN