alforja

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish alforja, from Andalusian Arabic الخُرْج‎, from Arabic خُرْج(ḵurj, saddlebag).

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alforja (plural alforjas)

  1. A saddlebag.
    • 2004, Steven Paul Palmer, Steven Palmer, Iván Molina, Iván Molina Jiménez, The Costa Rica Reader: History, Culture, Politics, Duke University Press (→ISBN), page 254:
      This proximity to vast, unattainable wealth, tempting and frustrating at the same time, is also evident in the story of the lost alforja, one of the most commonly related anecdotes about Cubillo.
  2. A cheek pouch.

Catalan[edit]

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Noun[edit]

alforja f (plural alforges)

  1. saddlebag

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Portuguese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • Hyphenation: al‧for‧ja

Noun[edit]

alforja f (plural alforjas)

  1. Alternative form of alforje

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Andalusian Arabic الخُرْج(alẖurǧ), from Arabic خُرْج(ḵurj, saddlebag).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

alforja f (plural alforjas)

  1. saddlebag, knapsack
    • 1605, Miguel de Cervantes, “Capítulo XVIII”, in El ingenioso hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha, Primera parte:
      Acudió Sancho a su asno para sacar de las alforjas con qué limpiarse y con qué curar a su amo, y como no las halló estuvo a punto de perder el juicio: maldíjose de nuevo y propuso en su corazón de dejar a su amo y volverse a su tierra, aunque perdiese el salario de lo servido y las esperanzas del gobierno de la prometida ínsula.
      Sancho ran to his ass to get something wherewith to clean himself out of his saddlebags, and relieve his master; but not finding them, he well-nigh took leave of his senses, and cursed himself anew, and in his heart resolved to quit his master and return home, even though he forfeited the wages of his service and all hopes of the promised island.
  2. pannier

Descendants[edit]

  • English: alforja

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