jícara

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Etymology[edit]

From Classical Nahuatl xīcalli, which through Spanish also gave Portuguese xícara.

Pronunciation[edit]

[2.] Decorated, hand-made jícaras from the Mexican state of Tabasco.

Noun[edit]

jícara f (plural jícaras)

  1. A small faience container used to serve hot chocolate or other hot beverages.
  2. (Latin America) A small, woody container, typically made from the fruit of the calabash tree and used (especially in rural Mexico) to serve hot food in order to preserve its temprature.
  3. (Mexico, Central America) calabash
  4. (El Salvador, Nicaragua, colloquial) head
  5. (Spain) Part, or square, of a flat chocolate bar, which can be broken off easily (especially in Andalusia and Murcia)

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References[edit]

"jícara" in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima segunda edición (Dictionary of the Spanish Language, Twenty-Second Edition), Real Academia Española (Royal Spanish Academy), 2001.