from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Spanish America, a land-measure, not now used and not well defined in extent.
  • n. In Spanish-American countries, a small bright-colored seed of several plants, especially of Abrus Abrus, Dolicholus phaseoloides, and Erythrina coralloides, often used for playing games of chance, such as draughts. See colorin.
  • n. In Mexico, a name applied to several plants with tuberous roots, especially to two composites, Perezia runcinata and Zexmenia podocephala, because of the resemblance of their roots to those of Pæonia officinalis.


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  • It contained, however, false sarsaparilla roots, dried orange peel, peonia albifora, and other similar medicines.

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  • It is the usual measure of land. 300 tareas = 1 peonia; 4 peonias = 1 caballeria.] [Footnote 3: 36 grains = 1 adarme; 16 adarmes = 1 ounce; 16 ounces = 1 pound; 25 pounds = 1 arroba; 4 arrobas = 1 quintal; 20 quintals =

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