PRONUNCIATION: (boo-yuh-BAYS, BOO-yuh-bays, BOOL-yuh-bays, bool-yuh-BAYS)

MEANING: noun: 1. A rich and spicy fish stew or soup. 2. A mixture of incongruous things.

ETYMOLOGY: From French bouillabaisse, from Provençal bouiabaisso, from Latin bullire (to boil) + bassus (low). Earliest documented use: 1855.

BOOILLABAISSE - a special soup served at a Halloween party

BOUILLABAISTE - or use it to moisten your turkey as it roasts

BOULLABAISSE - first or second or third sack at a Yale baseball game

BROUILLABAISSE - the ultimate in before-dinner beers, rich and spicy