from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Ecuador and Peru, the name of Guilielma speciosa, Astrocaryum Chonta, and other prickly, pinnately leaved palms with heavy hard black wood, which is used by the Indians of the Marañon and its tributaries for making spears, war-clubs, bows, and arrow-points.
  • n. A wooden hoe used in Peru and Bolivia; also, now an iron of similar shape.


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  • Plied down the Pyrene River in wild Peru,

    Indian, Quinchori, built twenty rafts for us,

    bartered with five rolls of cloth, knives and ornaments,

    balsa logs pinned with hard splinters of chonta wood,

    spray flew on all sides up, rainbowing rays of sun...

    - Peter Reading, Wandering, from Tom O' Bedlam's Beauties, 1981

    June 28, 2008