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1. An Indian chief, especially in the Spanish West Indies and other parts of Latin America during colonial and postcolonial times.
2. A local political boss in Spain or Latin America.

[American Spanish, from Arawak kassequa, chieftain.]
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(kəˈsiːk) or


1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) a Native American chief in a Spanish-speaking region
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (esp in Spanish America) a local political boss
3. (Animals) any of various tropical American songbirds of the genus Cacicus and related genera: family Icteridae (American orioles)
[C16: from Spanish, of Arawak origin; compare Taino cacique chief]
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1. a chief of an Indian clan or tribe in Mexico and the West Indies.
2. (in Spain and Latin America) a political boss on a local level.
[1545–55; < Sp < Taino (Hispaniola)]
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Noun1.cacique - black-and-red or black-and-yellow orioles of the American tropics
American oriole, New World oriole, oriole - American songbird; male is black and orange or yellow
Cacicus, genus Cacicus - a genus of tropical American orioles
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References in classic literature ?
When close, the cacique Pincheira hailed the besieged to give up their arms, or he would cut all their throats.
Many Indians of pure blood reside here: the tribe of the Cacique Lucanee constantly have their Toldos [2] on the outskirts of the town.
Their chief pride consists in having everything made of silver; I have seen a cacique with his spurs, stirrups, handle of his knife, and bridle made of this metal: the head-stall and reins being of wire, were not thicker than whipcord; and to see a fiery steed wheeling about under the command of so light a chain, gave to the horsemanship a remarkable character of elegance.
The toldos were divided into separate groups, which belong to the different caciques' tribes, and the groups were again divided into smaller ones, according to the relationship of the owners.
I'm now ready to burst with grief at seeing my green coat torn, and they come to ask me to whip myself of my own free will, I having as little fancy for it as for turning cacique."
23 April 2019 - California, US-based Mexican food brand Cacique Inc.
3 Cacique Royal chasing hat-trick You seldom see a horse who has won by just a length and a half receive a 19lb penalty for his troubles, but the handicapper was suitably impressed with Cacique Royal's recent Down Royal display to raise his mark from 60 to 79.
BY PETER O'HEHIR A COSY winner in Naas on Tuesday, Cacique Royale should follow-up for Andy Oliver in the West Coast Cooler Handicap in Down Royal tonight.
Sin embargo, como vasallos conquistados por el Rey, los subditos varones de cada cacique --entre los 15 y 50 anos de edad--tenian que pagar anualmente un tributo de entre 8 y 15 pesos.