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A sure-thing, certainty; something easy. Spanish “cincha”=a strap tied around horses to hold things secure (certain).


Light women’s underwear covering chest to waist with narrow shoulder straps. Spanish “camisola” < Latin "camisa"=shirt.

Tower structure or pit used to store grain; underground missile chamber. Spanish “silo” < Latin "sirum" < Greek "siros"=a corn pit.

An adventure involving daring or excitement. Spanish “escapada” < Latin “ex-“=out of + “cappa”=cloak.

Round green vegetable with edible buds and leaves. Spanish “alcarchofa” < Arabic “al-karsufa” < “al”=the + “karsufa.”

Length of rope witha noose at one end for catching cattle. Spanish “lazo” < Latin “laqueus”=noose, snare, trap.

An indigo dye, from the Indigo shrub. Spanish “anik” < Arabic “al-nil” < “al”=the + Sanskrit “nila”=dark blue.

An extract of the bark of a Californian buckthorn used as a laxative or cathartic. Spanish “cascara sagrada”=sacred bark.

Being able to float. Spanish “boyante” < “boyar”=to float.

A container made from a calabash plant or other gourd. French “calabasse” < Spanish “calabaca”=pumpkin < Persian “karbuz”=melon.