"Bottari"

English translation: barrel loaders

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Italian term or phrase:bottari
English translation:barrel loaders
Entered by: Vanessa Di Stefano

15:13 Apr 15, 2014
Italian to English translations [PRO]
Social Sciences - Fisheries / Tuna fishing in Sicily
Italian term or phrase: "Bottari"
Here is the word in context:

"E tra le parti più pregiate del tonno ci sono state sempre le uova, manipolate 'dalli bottari e marinari'."

The article is about tuna fishing in Sicily: how it used to be done, how it is done now, how long it has been going on etc, though it is not a long article, so there is not a great deal of detail.

The word in question is, I believe, a Sicilian word, or at the very least an old Italian word. I have found "buttaru", which is quite similar (especially as the Sicilian interchange their 'o's and 'u's, depending on how strict the dialect is) and means "bottaio" in Italian, but that is obviously not relevant here.

I strongly suspect it has a lot to do with the term "bottarga" which are tuna fish eggs, and I can certainly make a guess as to what "bottari" means, and come up with an equivalent term, but I would like to find the exact translation if possible. SO any help would be very gratefully received!

It is for a cultural magazine about Sicily.
Vanessa Di Stefano
United Kingdom
Local time: 19:48
barrel loaders
Explanation:
One should think about the word "botte" (barrels) that are usually lined up on board. the "bottari" are those who load the fish into these barrels.
They are not the "bottai" who build barrels.
Source is my wife (born in Sicily).

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Note added at 1 hr (2014-04-15 17:10:42 GMT)
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Well, you got to take the eggs out right there on board, otherwise they go bad. The eggs then go into the barrels...
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ChananZass
Italy
Local time: 20:48
Grading comment
Thanks very much for your suggestion, it really helped :) !
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barrel loaders


Explanation:
One should think about the word "botte" (barrels) that are usually lined up on board. the "bottari" are those who load the fish into these barrels.
They are not the "bottai" who build barrels.
Source is my wife (born in Sicily).

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Note added at 1 hr (2014-04-15 17:10:42 GMT)
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Well, you got to take the eggs out right there on board, otherwise they go bad. The eggs then go into the barrels...

ChananZass
Italy
Local time: 20:48
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish, Native in HebrewHebrew
PRO pts in category: 4
Grading comment
Thanks very much for your suggestion, it really helped :) !
Notes to answerer
Asker: Thanks very much for this ChananZass! Would you mind asking your wife if these same people then "work" or "manipulate" the fish eggs, as it says in the extract I have given? Thank you :) !

Asker: Thanks ChananZass...I was wondering more about the process that comes after that, ie the salting and drying of the eggs to make the bottarga as we know and love it in the shops. I think I might use the Sicilian term and then put a short general explanation in brackets, such as "those who process the roe"... Thanks again!

Asker: Thank you very much ChananZass, for helping to resolve this problem :) !


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neutral  philgoddard: This sounds convincing, but it would be nice to have a reference or two.
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