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alastrim a mild form of smallpox.
ama amah an Oriental nursemaid.
angico a S. American tree of the mimosa family > ANGICOS. [Port. from TUPI].
avo a monetary unit of Macao > AVOS.
bandeira an expedition in search of gold and slaves in 17c Brazil.
bandeirante a pioneer, explorer or adventurer, esp one who took part in a BANDEIRA.
bucellas a white wine from Bucellas near Lisbon.
caboceer a W. African headman.
cang cangue a wooden collar used to punish criminals in China.
capoeira capuera a martial art and dance combination.
carambola a small E. Indian tree; its fruit.
carioca a dance, a variation of the samba.
cavalla cavally an American fish of the SCAD family. [Port. cavalla, mackerel].
cobra a kind of snake.
comprador compradore a native agent or intermediary through whom a foreign power trades.
conto a Portuguese and Brazilian monetary unit worth 1000 escudos.
crusado an old Portuguese monetary unit > CRUSADOES or CRUSADOS. Cf. CRUZADO.
cruzado the former monetary unit of Brazil, replaced by the CRUZEIRO > CRUZADOS or CRUZADOES. Cf. CRUSADO.
cruzeiro the standard monetary unit of Brazil, that replaced the CRUZADO > CRUZEIROS.
cuspidor cuspidore a spittoon.
dobra a former monetary unit of Portugal, a gold coin.
dodo an extinct bird of Madagascar > DODOES or DODOS. [Port. doudo silly].
escudo a Portuguese monetary unit > ESCUDOS.
fado a type of Portuguese folk-song or dance > FADOS. [Port. fado, fate].
favela favella in Brazil, a shanty-town.
fazenda a hacienda, a coffee plantation.
feijoa an tropical evergreen shrub or small tree of the myrtle family; the edible green fruit of this. [From J. da Silva Feijó (1760—1824), Brazilian naturalist.]
feijoada a Brazilian dish of black beans, meat and vegetables served with rice.
gallivat a large two-masted Malay boat.
gentoo a kind of penguin. [Port. gentio, a Gentile].
geropiga a port substitute, consisting mainly of grape juice and brandy. [Port. jeropiga].
goglet gurglet guglet a porous earthen jar for cooling water by evaporation. [Port. gorgoleta].
grego a short jacket or cloak, made of very thick, coarse cloth, with a hood attached, worn by the Greeks and others in the Levant > GREGOS.
ipecac ipecacuanha the dried root of various S. American plants, used as a purgative, expectorant and emetic. [Port. from Tupi].
jacana any of various small tropical wading birds of the family Jacanidae, which have greatly elongated toes and claws, enabling them to walk on floating vegetation. [Port., from Tupi].
lorcha a light vessel of European build, like a Chinese junk.
macumba a Black religious cult practised in Brazil, characterized by sorcery, ritual dancing, and the use of fetishes.
mameluco a child born of a white father and Indian mother > MAMELUCOS. [Port., prob. f. Arab. mamluk, possession, slave].
mangabeira a Brazilian apocynaceous rubber tree.
maraca a kind of gourd, used as a musical instrument.
margosa a large tree of genus Melia found in India, valued for medicinal purposes, aka NEEM. [Port. amargosa fem. of amargoso bitter.]
maxixe a Brazilian ballroom dance resembling the two-step.
metical a monetary unit of Mozambique > METICALS or METICAIS.
milreis a former Portuguese coin superseded by the ESCUDO.
moidore a Portuguese gold coin current in England in the first half of the 18th cent., then worth about 27 shillings. [Port. moeda d'ouro coin of gold].
montaria in Brazil, a light canoe made of one log.
palmyra a species of palm having a straight, black, upright trunk, with palmate leaves.
pataca a monetary unit of Macau.
patamar pattamar a vessel resembling a grab, used in the coasting trade of Bombay and Ceylon.
paxiuba a Brazilian palm with stilt-roots.
pintada pintado a kind of petrel; the Cape guinea fowl. [Port. pintado, painted].
pomfret a sea fish found along the Indian coasts. [Port. pampo].
portague portigue an old Portuguese coin of the 16c and 17c.
pousada a traditional hotel in Portugal or Portugese speaking countries.
pupunha the peach-palm; its fruit. [Port. from Tupi].
samba a Brazilian dance; (verb) to dance the samba.
sargasso a kind of seaweed, gulf weed. [Port. sargaço].
seir a scombroid fish of the eastern coastal waters of India.
serafin seraphin xerafin xeraphin a former silver coin of Goa.
seringa a Brazilian tree yielding rubber.
serval a slender long-legged African cat, with a spotted coat. [Port (lobo) cerval, literally, deer-like wolf]
talapoin a small green West African guenon monkey; a title of respect for a Buddhist monk. [Port. talapão from Old Peguan tala pói lit. lord of merit', used as a respectful title for a Buddhist monk.]
tanga a brief string-like bikini. [Port., ult. of Bantu origin].
tical an obsolete Siamese monetary unit.
tristeza a disease of citrus trees. [Port. tristeza, sadness].
verdelho (a white Madeira made from) a white grape orig. growing in Madeira.
vindaloo a very hot curry. [Port. vin d'alho].
zimbi a kind of cowrie used as money. [Port. zimbo; of African origin].

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