Definition of cacique in English:

cacique

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Pronunciation: /kəˈsiːk
 
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noun

  • 1(In Latin America or the Spanish-speaking Caribbean) a native chief.
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    • They lived under nine independent caciques or chiefs, and possessed a simple religion devoid of rites and ceremonies, but with a belief in a supreme being, and the immortality of the soul.
    • The Guarani caciques exchanged women to formalize their alliance with the Spanish against the hostile peoples of the Chaco.
    • She is traditionally represented with two other figures, that of a black henchman, el Negro Felipe, and of an Indian cacique, Guaicapuro.
  • 1.1(In Spain or Latin America) a local political boss.
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    • Tlatoani (head honcho), cacique, and caudillo - these words glisten on the pages of the derisive gubernatorial lexicon.
    • Many such communities are still ruled by caciques (local strongmen) according to ‘uses and customs,’ which may fly in the face of such constitutional rights as religious freedom.
    • It was committed to class struggle in a country that had scarcely had a bourgeois revolution, and to political action in spite of the manipulation of elections by local landowners or caciques.
  • 2A gregarious tropical American bird that has black plumage with patches of red or yellow.
    • Genus Cacicus, family Icteridae: several species
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    • Near the Panama Canal, explore Pipeline Road, which passes through the rainforest of the Soberania National Park and is home to 380 species including trogons, caciques, woodpeckers, and many more.
    • Well over 100 notable species can be easily spotted in the Carara Reserve, including the great tinamou, red-lored parrot, crimson-fronted parakeet and scarlet-rumped cacique.
    • They included four oropendolas and four caciques in a molecular study of blackbird relationships using cytochrome-b sequence data.

Origin

mid 16th century: from Spanish or French, from Taino.

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