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[kar-uh-mah-tuh; Spanish kahr-raw-mah-tah] /ˌkær əˈmɑ tə; Spanish ˌkɑr rɔˈmɑ tɑ/
noun, plural carromatas
[kar-uh-mah-tuh z; Spanish kahr-raw-mah-tahs] /ˌkær əˈmɑ təz; Spanish ˌkɑr rɔˈmɑ tɑs/ (Show IPA)
(in the Philippines) a light, two-wheeled covered vehicle, usually drawn by one horse.
Origin of carromata
< Spanish carromato < Italian carromatto cart, equivalent to carro (< Latin carrus; see car1) + matto stupid, drunk (referring to the cart's motion) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In rural places if a carromata driver cannot find a leather horse-collar, he improvises one of banana-leaf.

    The Philippine Islands John Foreman
  • It was a cross between the carromata of the Philippines and a covered dog-cart.

    Across the Equator Thomas H. Reid
  • He went downstairs, jumped into a carromata that was just rattling out of the court, and drove to the Intendencia.

    Caybigan James Hopper
  • At a plaza he tried to hail a carromata, but the cochero whipped up his horse in a frenzy of distrust.

    Caybigan James Hopper
  • The country cart is built something like the carromata and will accommodate four people.

    The Critic in the Orient George Hamlin Fitch
  • The carromata wheels were iron-tired, and jolted—well, like Manila street carromatas of that day.

    A Woman's Impression of the Philippines Mary H. (Mary Helen) Fee
  • He lives on the outskirts of the village, and we are soon with him in his carromata, speeding leisurely over the highway.

    The Philippine Islands Ramon Reyes Lala
  • Since then a modification of the carromata and of another vehicle called calesin has been evolved.

    A Woman's Impression of the Philippines Mary H. (Mary Helen) Fee
  • He did not enter its doors, but remained sitting in the carromata till she joined him.

    A Woman's Impression of the Philippines Mary H. (Mary Helen) Fee

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