from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A three-banded armadillo, family Dasypodidæ and genus Tolypeutes, which can roll itself up into a ball. It is also called ball armadillo, matico, and apar. See cut under apar.


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  • FORT PIERCE - Local and state officials searched seven locations Saturday and arrested 17 people following an investigation into "bolita" or illegal lottery, according to documents obtained Monday and police. Stories

  • It wasn't hard to find the neighborhood ticket seller; despite a five decade crack down, the well known bolita is present on every block in my country, with the most popular and well-established lottery being the one run by the Committees for the Defense of the Revolution themselves.

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  • But when I wrote my first book without footnotes, a friend passed on the bolita number list, by chance, and I glanced at it.

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  • In 1954 Hurston was unable to sell her fiction but was assigned by the Pittsburgh Courier to cover the small-town murder trial of Ruby McCollum, the prosperous black wife of the local bolita racketeer, who had killed a racist white doctor.

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  • When I lived in Oregon there were a lot of Mexicans there picking blueberries and they all called them "bolita azul". bdlngton

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  • La bolita, another name for la charada, was an illegal game of numbers, and half the fun of playing and perhaps guessing the number or numbers of the day was precisely because it was against the law.

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  • It is not just happenstance that the counterrevolutionaries have taken their bolita (the numbers game -- Ed.) and their illicit activities to Miami.


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