Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Western U.S. A saddlebag.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a saddlebag.
  • n. a cheek pouch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A saddlebag.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A saddle-bag; knapsack; wallet.

Etymologies

Spanish, from Old Spanish, from Arabic al-ḫurj : al-, the + ḫurj, saddlebag; akin to Persian khurjīn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish Andalusian Arabic  (alẖurǧ), from Spanish  (al, "of the") + Arabic خرج (ẖurj, "saddlebag"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • About a week later one of your companions drags out of the alforja something crumpled that resembles in general appearance and texture a rusted five-gallon coal-oil can that has been in a wreck.

    The Mountains

  • About a week later one of your companions drags out of the alforja something crumpled that resembles in general appearance and texture a rusted five-gallon

    The Mountains

  • You sneak off and roll up that piece of buckskin, and thrust it into the alforja.

    The Mountains

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  • "The apothecary ... was a little old withered man, with a forehead about an inch high, a nose turned up at the end, large cheek-bones that helped to form a pit for his little gray eyes, a great bag of loose skin hanging down on each side in wrinkles, like the alforjas of a baboon, and a mouth so much accustomed to that contraction which produces grinning, that he could not pronounce a syllable without discovering the remains of his teeth, which consisted of four yellow fangs, not improperly, by anatomists, called canine."

    - Smollett, Roderick Random, 1748

    May 21, 2014