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QUECHUA: 1. ethnic group in South American valleys 2. Language of the Inca

QUENA: Andean wind instrument similar to a flute

QUÍNOA: super nutritious grain from the Andes (quinoa)

QUIRQUINCHO: Andean armadillo

 

RE-: prefix added to an adjective to emphasize its meaning; equivalent to mega-, super- or big.

RONROCO: large charango with a deep voice

RUANA: shawl, poncho

 

SAGÁRNAGA: Artisan street in La Paz

SALAR: salt plain

SALTEÑA: baked empanada filled with a juicy combination of minced potato, vegetables and meat that is typical in Bolivia

SAYA: Afro-Bolivian dance

SINGANI: Bolivian alcoholic beverage produced in the Cinti region. Grape brandy

SOCAVÓN: underground mine

SOROJCHI: altitude sickness

 

TAMBO: hostel

TARKA: Bolivian wind instrument

TIGRECILLO: feline found in Amazonia (ocelot)

TINKU: Bolivian dance from the north of Potosí, inspired by a ritual combat of the same name

TOCUYO: natural cotton produced in eastern Bolivia (calico)

TOTORA: rushes used to build boats on Lake Titicaca

TRUFI: jitney

 

VICUÑA: Andean camellid

VINCHUCA: insect that carries Chagas disease

VIZCACHA: Andean hare (viscacha)

 

WALAYCHU: small charango with a high pitch

WAWA: baby

WAYRURO: seed famous for its high mystic and sacred characteristics among the Amazonian cultures, Quechua and Aymara, who wear it as a good luck and protective amulet. Some seeds are all red while others are red with black flecks. In these cultures, red symbolizes vitality and represents female energy while black represents masculine energy. When put together in a container, the seeds reproduce and grow in size and number.

 

YA: 1. finally 2. because 3. right away 4. distributive conjunction 5. as, although 6. typical expression in La Paz with many applications

YAPA/YAPITA: lagniappe, something added as a gift, especially to reward a purchase (bonus)

YATIRI: Aymara shaman

YUCA: cassava

YUNGAS: geographic area (subtropical valley) in South America

 

ZAMPOÑA: Andean wind instrument

 
   
   
 

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