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cacique Tweet Definition of cacique Like Definition of cacique on Facebook
noun 
  1. Originally a tribal chief in the Spanish West Indies.
  2. A local political leader in Latin America.
  3. Any of a number of tropical blackbirds from Central America and South America, family Icteridae.
     
calumet Tweet Definition of calumet Like Definition of calumet on Facebook
noun 
  1. a clay tobacco-pipe used by American Indians, especially as a symbol of truce or peace
  • 1922: THE CALUMET OF PEACE. He offered a cigarette to the professor and took one himself. " James Joyce, Ulysses
     
cannibal Tweet Definition of cannibal Like Definition of cannibal on Facebook
noun 
  1. An organism which eats others of its own species.
     
cannibalism Tweet Definition of cannibalism Like Definition of cannibalism on Facebook
noun 
  1. The act of eating another of one's own species.
     
chieftain Tweet Definition of chieftain Like Definition of chieftain on Facebook
noun 
  1. A leader of a clan or tribe.
  2. A leader of a group, e.g. a robbers' chieftain.
  3. (capitalized) The name of a British military tank.
     
Chiricahua Tweet Definition of Chiricahua Like Definition of Chiricahua on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A Native American tribe.
  2. The language these people speak.
     
concubine Tweet Definition of concubine Like Definition of concubine on Facebook
noun 
  1. A woman who lives with a man, but who is not a wife.
  2. A slave-girl for sexual service prominent in all ancient cultures.
  3. Signifies a relationship where the male is the dominant partner, socially and economically
  4. A woman attached to a man solely for reproduction, and who cares for the resulting children without any romantic relationship
  1. (esp. formerly in Muslim societies) a woman residing in a harem and kept, as by a sultan, for sexual purposes. <ref>Random House Unabridged Dictionary</ref>
     
conjurer Tweet Definition of conjurer Like Definition of conjurer on Facebook
noun 
  1. One who conjures, a magician.
1594 His incivility confirms no less. Good Doctor Pinch, you are a ; Establish him in his true sense again, And I will please you what you will demand. " Shakespeare, A Comedy of Errors, Act 4, Scene 4.
  1. One who performs parlor tricks, sleight of hand.
1893 The man is by trade a and performer, going round the canteens after nightfall, and giving a little entertainment at each. " Arthur Conan Doyle, http://etext.virginia.edu/etcbin/ot2www-pubeng?specfile=/texts/english/modeng/publicsearch/modengpub.o2w&act=surround&offset=275137210&tag=Doyle,+Arthur+Conan:+The+Adventure+of+the+Crooked+Man,+1893&query=conjurer&id=DoyCroo "The Adventure of the Crooked Man".
     
coup Tweet Definition of coup Like Definition of coup on Facebook
noun 
  1. A quick, brilliant, and highly successful act; a triumph.
  2. A coup d'état.
  3. By extension, a takeover of one group by another.
     
cousin Tweet Definition of cousin Like Definition of cousin on Facebook
noun 
  1. The son or daughter of a person"s uncle or aunt
  2. Any relation who is not a direct ancestor or descendant; one more distantly related than an aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, etc.
     
cultural anthropology Tweet Definition of cultural anthropology Like Definition of cultural anthropology on Facebook
noun 
  1. One of four commonly recognized fields of anthropology.
     

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