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  • n. See Spanish meaning.


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From Spanish piñata, from piña, from Latin pinea ("pinecone"), because its paper cover (on traditional making) resembles one.


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  • *added to The Not Necessarily Complete Adventures of Bilby the Wordnik*

    October 25, 2011

  • That sounds wonderful.

    October 21, 2011

  • My mother volunteers at a wildlife sanctuary. Among other things, they prepare what the last vollie newsletter described as devil piñatas for Tasmanian devils and dingoes. It's a papier mache (on a balloon) carcass stuffed with something edible - uh, Devil-Chow I presume - and left in the animals' enclosure for them to discover and tear apart.

    About the best web reference I can find for this use of the term is here. Scroll down to the Sep 23 blog entry which describes the practice and shows some students making piñatas.

    October 21, 2011