from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In pharmacy, soap.
  • noun In ichthyology, the toad-fish, Batrachus tau. Also sarpo.
  • noun Soap prepared from sodium hydroxid and olive oil; castile soap.


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  • "The uproar in reaction to the law was intense, coming from human rights groups, news organizations, Roman Catholic leaders and, of course, editorial cartoonists who immediately labeled the law with a name that stuck, “the Getsapo Law,�? a play on the words Gestapo and sapo, which literally means frog in Spanish but in Venezuelan slang translates as snitch."

    The New York Times, Chávez Goes Over the Line, and Realizes It, by Simon Romero, June 10, 2008

    June 10, 2008

  • Actually, I think that sapo is Spanish for toad. The word for frog is rana.

    November 20, 2008