Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A light, two-wheeled covered vehicle, usually drawn by a single horse.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. In the Philippines, a light, two-wheeled, boxlike vehicle usually drawn by a single native pony and used to convey passengers within city limits or for traveling. It is the common public carriage.
“The carriage was an odd affair between a _calesa_ and _carromata_ in shape, or like a high surrey with a small seat for the driver in front.”
“In Spanish days no European gentleman or lady could be seen in a _carromata_  (gig) about Manila; now this vehicle is in general use for both sexes of all classes.”
“In rural places if a _carromata_ driver cannot find”
“Their ammunition was scarce; they had no artillery waggons; every _carromata_ (gig) of the districts traversed had been seized by the enemy.”
“It was a cross between the carromata of the Philippines and a covered dog-cart.”
“Most of the visitors signified their intentions of never letting go a carromata when once they had it; and failure had rather dimmed the bravery of her inquiry, when one young man replied that he wished to retain his carromata, but that he was returning immediately to the city and would be happy to assist her and to take her wherever she wanted to go.”
“Since then a modification of the carromata and of another vehicle called _calesin_ has been evolved.”
“The carromata wheels were iron-tired, and jolted -- well, like”
“We had picked up the vernacular of the street carromata in Manila.”
“We had a force of small boys, clad in what Mr. Kipling calls "inadequate" shirts, whose business it was to go forth in response to the command, "_Busca carromata_," and to return not till accompanied by the two-wheeled nightmare and the Lilliputian pony.”
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