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(English version of “El Filibusterismo”)

cigarrera
A woman working in a cigar or cigarette factory.
Civil Guard
Internal quasi-military police force of Spanish officers and native soldiers.
cochero
Carriage driver, coachman.
cuarto
A copper coin, one hundred and sixty of which were equal in value to a silver peso.
filibuster
A native of the Philippines who was accused of advocating their separation from Spain.
filibusterism
See filibuster.
gobernadorcillo
Petty governor, the principal municipal official—also, in Manila, the head of a commercial guild.
gumamela
The hibiscus, common as a garden shrub in the Philippines.
Indian
The Spanish designation for the Christianized Malay of the Philippines was indio (Indian), a term used rather contemptuously, the name Filipino being generally applied in a restricted sense to the children of Spaniards born in the Islands.
kalan
The small, portable, open, clay fireplace commonly used in cooking.
kalikut
A short section of bamboo for preparing the buyo; a primitive betel-box.
kamagon
A tree of the ebony family, from which fine cabinet-wood is obtained.  Its fruit is the mabolo, or date-plum.
lanete
A variety of timber used in carving.
linintikan
A Tagalog exclamation of disgust or contempt—thunder!
Malacañang
The palace of the Captain-General: from the vernacular name of the place where it stands, fishermen’s resort.
Malecon
A drive along the bay shore of Manila, opposite the Walled City.
Mestizo
A person of mixed Filipino and Spanish blood; sometimes applied also to a person of mixed Filipino and Chinese blood.
nakú
A Tagalog exclamation of surprise, wonder, etc.
narra
The Philippine mahogany.
nipa
Swamp palm, with the imbricated leaves of which the roofs and sides of the common native houses are constructed.
novena
A devotion consisting of prayers recited for nine consecutive days, asking for some special favor; also, a booklet of these prayers.
panguingui
A complicated card-game, generally for small stakes, played with a monte deck.

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