Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The ace of clubs in quadrille and omber.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The ace of clubs in quadrille and omber.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In card-playing, the ace of clubs in quadrille and ombre.

Etymologies

Spanish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "Firing into a crowd of hundreds is not the same as firing at a charging basto," said Duare; "where there were so many, you couldn't miss them all."

    Escape on Venus

  • The bellowing of the basto started off the rest of the lower animals, including the nobargans, which growl and roar like beasts.

    Escape on Venus

  • It might be kloonobargan, the hairy, man-eating savages; or a tharban, that most frightful of lion-like carnivores; or a basto, a huge, omnivorous beast that bears some slight resemblance to the American bison; or, perhaps worst of all, ordinary human beings like yourself, but with a low evaluation of life -- that is, your life.

    Escape on Venus

  • I had not forgotten the ferocious basto that Kamlot and I had encountered in Vepaja, and, though I had seen nothing quite so formidable as yet among the nearer beasts, there were some creatures grazing at a considerable distance from me whose lines suggested a too great similarity to those bisonlike omnivores to insure ease of mind.

    Pirates of Venus

  • When they saw us, they pointed at Kamlot, and I heard them telling some of the sailors that he was the one who had slain the basto with a single sword thrust, a feat which appeared to force their admiration, as well it might have.

    Pirates of Venus

  • From Kamlot's description I visualized the basto as an enormous boar with horns, or a buffalo with the jaws and teeth of a carnivore, and judged that its twelve hundred pounds of weight would render it a most formidable beast.

    Pirates of Venus

  • To my surprise, he dropped his spear to the ground and carried in its stead a slender leafy branch which he cut from the tree before descending to engage the bellowing basto.

    Pirates of Venus

  • The basto stopped and looked about as he heard my companion's voice.

    Pirates of Venus

  • "A basto," whispered Kamlot, but from his previous description of the beast I had already guessed its identity.

    Pirates of Venus

  • When a basto appears upon the scene, man is as often the hunted as the hunter, but we are not hunting bastos now.

    Pirates of Venus

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