Definition of bummalo in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʌmələʊ/

noun (plural same)

A small elongated fish of southern Asian coasts which is dried and used as food. Also called Bombay duck.
  • Harpodon nehereus, family Harpadontidae.
Example sentences
  • Under normal cooking conditions the fresh bummalo fish is almost rendered to a pulp (bones and all).
  • Traditionally Bombay Duck is prepared by sun drying the bummalo fish on the beach in the open air, then deep frying it.
  • One imagines, therefore, that a cosmopolitan Chinese duck might not know what it is called, just as a bummalo might wonder why it is called a duck at all.


Late 17th century: perhaps from Marathi bombīl.

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