caciques

cacique

[kuh-seek]
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:
1545–55; < Spanish < Taino (Hispaniola)

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cacique or cazique (kəˈsiːk, kəˈziːk)
 
n
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)
 
[C16: from Spanish, of Arawak origin; compare Taino cacique chief]
 
cazique or cazique
 
n
 
[C16: from Spanish, of Arawak origin; compare Taino cacique chief]

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