from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A votive candle set into a small, decorative paper bag weighted with sand and placed in a row with others along a walkway, driveway, or rooftop as a holiday decoration. Also called regionally farolito.
- n. New Mexico A bonfire built in front of each house in a pueblo to celebrate Christmas Eve.
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- n. a vigil fire used in ceremonies, in Native American and Hispanic cultures
- n. a makeshift lantern used as a holiday decoration, especially in Hispanic culture
Spanish, from Latin lūmināria, pl. of lūmināre, lamp; see luminary.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)