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cacique

[kuh-seek] /kəˈsik/
noun
1.
a chief of an Indian clan or tribe in Mexico and the West Indies.
2.
(in Spain and Latin America) a political boss on a local level.
3.
(in the Philippines) a prominent landowner.
4.
any of several black and red or black and yellow orioles of the American tropics that construct long, pendent nests.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Spanish < Taino (Hispaniola)
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British Dictionary definitions for cacique

cacique

/kəˈsiːk/
noun
1.
a Native American chief in a Spanish-speaking region
2.
(esp in Spanish America) a local political boss
3.
any of various tropical American songbirds of the genus Cacicus and related genera: family Icteridae (American orioles)
Word Origin
C16: from Spanish, of Arawak origin; compare Taino cacique chief
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Encyclopedia Article for cacique

any of a dozen tropical American birds belonging to the family Icteridae (order Passeriformes) and resembling the related oropendolas. Caciques are smaller than oropendolas and have a less-powerful bill, which lacks a frontal shield. These striking black-and-yellow or black-and-red birds make hanging nests. A common species is the all-black, yellow-billed cacique (Cacicus, or Amblycercus, holosericeus), about 20 cm (8 inches) long, found in areas from southern Mexico to Bolivia.

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