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In Southern Taiwan, a Portuguese name for Spanish mackerel

Melanie Wong | Aug 8, 202009:29 PM    

" . . . He began to suspect that the name tutuo is derived from Portuguese fish names such as bonito (a tribe of fishes related to mackerel and tuna) or dorado (a freshwater fish not to be confused with the marine dolphinfish).

The Dutch were already somewhat familiar with these fishes, which resemble Scomberomorus. The 16th-century Dutch explorer Cornelis de Houtman saw them during his navigation of the Maldives. Pronounced in Portuguese, bonito is “bo-ni-tu.” Likewise, dorado is “do-ra-du.”

According to Cheng, two terms that crop up in 18th-century Qing documents, ni-tu (泥犢) and do-du (土犢), were shortened versions of these Portuguese names. What’s more, “do-du” in 19th-century Spanish was pronounced “to-to,” even closer to today’s tutuo. . ."

In Southern Taiwan, a Portuguese name for Spanish mackerel? - Taipei Times

The Taiwan of yesteryear was dominated in whole or in part by the Dutch, Spanish, Qing Empire and Japanese. But is the Taiwanese name for a popular...

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