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A plug or peg used to control the flow of liquid from something such as a barrel; a tap. Middle English “spigote” < early Provençal “espigou” < Latin “spiga”=spike, ear of corn.

A round machine shaped like a drum, used to wind up a rope that pulls heavy objects. Provençal “cabestan” < Latin “capere” =seize.

An alarm bell. Old French “tocquassen” < Provencal “tocasenh” < “tocar”=to touch + “senh”=signal bell.

In a joking manner; frivolously. Old French “bourde” < Provençal “=lie, cheat, deception + “-ly”=adverb-creating suffix.

A type of wooden flute with three holes. French “galoubet,” origin unknown, perhaps < Provencal “galaubeiar”=to act (play) well.

Louisiana creole dish of rice, chicken, shrimp, and andouille sausage. From Provencal “jambalaia”=mish-mash.

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