from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In a special use, an estate in Spanish America, comprising land and Indian inhabitants, granted to one of the early military adventurers.


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  • "The encomienda is a trusteeship labour system that was employed by the Spanish crown during the Spanish colonization of the Americas and the Philippines." (source)

    Nasty concept but fun to say. I love that it suggests "eating up" (comiendo).

    June 2, 2009