Definition of hákarl in English:

hákarl

(also hakarl)

Pronunciation /ˈhɔːkɑːl/ /ˈhaʊkɔːtl/

noun

  • An Icelandic dish comprising the meat of a Greenland shark that has been allowed to ferment (traditionally by burial in sand for up to twelve weeks) then hung to dry for several months.

Origin

Late 19th century; earliest use found in Charles Lock (1853–1909). From Icelandic hákarl shark (Old Icelandic hákarl from há-, combining form of hár shark, (specifically) dogfish + karl man).