bouil·la·baisse (b′yə-bās, blyə-bās′)
1. A highly seasoned stew made of several kinds of fish and shellfish, tomatoes, olive oil, and often saffron.
2. A combination of various different, often incongruous elements: a bouillabaisse of special interests.
[French, from Provençal bouiabaisso : boui, imperative of bouie, to boil (from Latin bullīre, from bulla, bubble) + abaisso, imperative of abeissa, to lower (from Vulgar Latin *abbassiāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Medieval Latin bassus, low).]
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