Alexandrine
line of poetic meter comprising twelve syllables
arriba las manos!
put your hands up! (Sp.)
asado
beef or lamb cooked over an open fire
barranca
deep ravine or gorge
Bethel
Chapel
bola perdida
a smaller form of the boleadoras
boleadoras
throwing weapon made from weights joined by interconnected cords, especially popular with Patagonian gauchos
buckboard
a front-wheel drive wagon, usually of a simple wooden construction
cacique
leader, either of village or tribe
canalita
groove in a mollusc's shell for the protusion of its breathing apparatus
capataces
supervisors, foremen. Plural of capataz (Sp.)
chicas
women, girls (Sp.)
chicha
a homemade fermented drink. Often made with maize, but can be made from fruits
ciencia
science (Sp.)
conocimientos
knowledge (Sp.)
cordillera
mountain range that runs along a coastline
corral
enclosure for horses
crofter
join tenant of a shared farm in Scotland
cuentero
a storyteller
dacha
a second home or summer home (Russian)
deal table
plain table made of fir or pine
Dios
God (Sp.)
drover
the person who moves animals, usually cattle, over long distances
engominado
slicked down (Sp.)
estancia
the name given to large rural estates in South America, similar to the North American ranch.
gaucho
cowboy
genio
genius (Sp.)
gentilhommière
a small country house (Fr.)
gewgaw
a decorative trinket
gringo
Latin American slang for a foreigner
gulch
a ravine
hermano
brother (Sp.)
horse wrangler
the horse handler
infeliz
unhappy (Sp.)
lagunita
a forest knoll
lariat
rope for tethering horses
latifundista
owner of several large estates (Sp.)
Linnaean Latin
a system of scientific classification of organisms, such as plants or fossils
longhorn
a long-horned breed of cattle
Malagueño
person pertaining from Malaga, Spain
maricón
homosexual (Sp.) - slang.
mesa
a flat-topped mountain or hill
misma
the same (Sp.)
patria
native country (Sp.)
patron
boss (Sp.)
peon
cheap labourer or servant
pícaro
mischievous, a rogue (Sp.)
pommel
knob-like end of a sword or knife
puta madre
a common Spanish expletive. Literally, the mother of the whore
Qué tal?
How are you? (Sp.)
sabiduria
wisdom (Sp.)
saltpans
dry lakes
scree
mountain slope covered with small, loose stones
sierra
mountain(s)
sospiri
adagio
spinney
copse or small wood
stud book
a breed registry used in the breeding and raising of livestock
una mujer hermosisima
an extremely pretty woman (Sp.)
withies
stems of the willow, used for thatching