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carromata

[kar-uh-mah-tuh; Spanish kahr-raw-mah-tah]
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noun, plural car·ro·ma·tas [kar-uh-mah-tuh z; Spanish kahr-raw-mah-tahs] /ˌkær əˈmɑ təz; Spanish ˌkɑr rɔˈmɑ tɑs/.
  1. (in the Philippines) a light, two-wheeled covered vehicle, usually drawn by one horse.
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Origin of carromata

< Spanish carromato < Italian carromatto cart, equivalent to carro (< Latin carrus; see car1) + matto stupid, drunk (referring to the cart's motion)
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Historical Examples

  • It was a cross between the carromata of the Philippines and a covered dog-cart.

    Across the Equator

    Thomas H. Reid

  • At a plaza he tried to hail a carromata, but the cochero whipped up his horse in a frenzy of distrust.

    Caybigan

    James Hopper

  • He went downstairs, jumped into a carromata that was just rattling out of the court, and drove to the Intendencia.

    Caybigan

    James Hopper

  • The carromata wheels were iron-tired, and jolted—well, like Manila street carromatas of that day.

  • Since then a modification of the carromata and of another vehicle called calesin has been evolved.