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A tray, used for handing refreshments or for presenting letters, visiting-cards, etc. French “salve”=tray for presenting food to the king < Spanish “salva”=a sample of food < Latin “salvar”=to make safe.

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A light veil, often of black lace, worn by women especially in Spain) over the head and covering the shoulders. Spanish “mantilla”-little cape < “manta”=blanket.

A wine shop or cellar; a small grocery store in an Hispanic neighborhood. Spanish “bodega” < Latin < “apotheca” < Greek “apotheke”=a store.

A symbol (~) found above Spanish vowels indicating a “nj” sound. Spanish “tilde’ < Latin “titulus”=an inscription (title) above an object labeling it.

Stemmed glass used for sherry that tapers at the top. Spanish “copa”=cup < Latin “cuppa”=drinking vessel.

A rope used as a lasso or to tie things together. Spanish “la reata” < “la”+”reata”=rope for tying animals < Latin “aptare”=to adjust.

A thin piece of cord or wire used to strangle someone. Spanish “garrote” but origin ultimately unknown.

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.

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