Spanish main
Spanish Span"ish, a. Of or pertaining to Spain or the Spaniards. [1913 Webster]

{Spanish bayonet} (Bot.), a liliaceous plant ({Yucca alorifolia}) with rigid spine-tipped leaves. The name is also applied to other similar plants of the Southwestern United States and mexico. Called also {Spanish daggers}.

{Spanish bean} (Bot.) See the Note under {Bean}.

{Spanish black}, a black pigment obtained by charring cork. --Ure.

{Spanish broom} (Bot.), a leguminous shrub ({Spartium junceum}) having many green flexible rushlike twigs.

{Spanish brown}, a species of earth used in painting, having a dark reddish brown color, due to the presence of sesquioxide of iron.

{Spanish buckeye} (Bot.), a small tree ({Ungnadia speciosa}) of Texas, New Mexico, etc., related to the buckeye, but having pinnate leaves and a three-seeded fruit.

{Spanish burton} (Naut.), a purchase composed of two single blocks. A

{double Spanish burton} has one double and two single blocks. --Luce (Textbook of Seamanship).

{Spanish chalk} (Min.), a kind of steatite; -- so called because obtained from Aragon in Spain.

{Spanish cress} (Bot.), a cruciferous plant ({Lepidium Cadamines}), a species of peppergrass.

{Spanish curlew} (Zo["o]l.), the long-billed curlew. [U.S.]

{Spanish daggers} (Bot.) See {Spanish bayonet}.

{Spanish elm} (Bot.), a large West Indian tree ({Cordia Gerascanthus}) furnishing hard and useful timber.

{Spanish feretto}, a rich reddish brown pigment obtained by calcining copper and sulphur together in closed crucibles.

{Spanish flag} (Zo["o]l.), the California rockfish ({Sebastichthys rubrivinctus}). It is conspicuously colored with bands of red and white.

{Spanish fly} (Zo["o]l.), a brilliant green beetle, common in the south of Europe, used for raising blisters. See {Blister beetle} under {Blister}, and {Cantharis}.

{Spanish fox} (Naut.), a yarn twisted against its lay.

{Spanish grass}. (Bot.) See {Esparto}.

{Spanish juice} (Bot.), licorice.

{Spanish leather}. See {Cordwain}.

{Spanish mackerel}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) A species of mackerel ({Scomber colias}) found both in Europe and America. In America called {chub mackerel}, {big-eyed mackerel}, and {bull mackerel}. (b) In the United States, a handsome mackerel having bright yellow round spots ({Scomberomorus maculatus}), highly esteemed as a food fish. The name is sometimes erroneously applied to other species. See Illust. under Mackerel.

{Spanish main}, the name formerly given to the southern portion of the Caribbean Sea, together with the contiguous coast, embracing the route traversed by Spanish treasure ships from the New to the Old World.

{Spanish moss}. (Bot.) See {Tillandsia} (and note at that entry).

{Spanish needles} (Bot.), a composite weed ({Bidens bipinnata}) having achenia armed with needlelike awns.

{Spanish nut} (Bot.), a bulbous plant ({Iris Sisyrinchium}) of the south of Europe.

{Spanish potato} (Bot.), the sweet potato. See under {Potato}.

{Spanish red}, an ocherous red pigment resembling Venetian red, but slightly yellower and warmer. --Fairholt.

{Spanish reef} (Naut.), a knot tied in the head of a jib-headed sail.

{Spanish sheep} (Zo["o]l.), a merino.

{Spanish white}, an impalpable powder prepared from chalk by pulverizing and repeated washings, -- used as a white pigment.

{Spanish windlass} (Naut.), a wooden roller, with a rope wound about it, into which a marline spike is thrust to serve as a lever. [1913 Webster]


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  • Spanish Main — the Spanish Main the area around the coast of northern South America, from which Spanish ships carried gold and ↑treasure back to Spain during the 16th and 17th centuries. Many of these ships were attacked by ↑pirates, and there are many stories… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Spanish Main — Historical 1. the coastal region of the Americas along the Caribbean Sea; esp., the N coast of South America between the Isthmus of Panama & the mouth of the Orinoco: an earlier usage 2. later, the Caribbean Sea itself, or that part of it… …   English World dictionary

  • Spanish Main — The Spanish Main was the mainland coast of the Spanish Empire around the Caribbean. The mainland of which was initially called Spanish America (thus, Spanish Main ), it included Florida, Mexico, Central America and the north coast of South… …   Wikipedia

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  • Spanish Main — Span′ish Main′ n. 1) geg the mainland of America adjacent to the Caribbean Sea, esp. the area between the mouth of the Orinoco River and the Isthmus of Panama 2) geg the Caribbean Sea: the route of the Spanish treasure galleons and a former haunt …   From formal English to slang

  • Spanish Main — 1. (formerly) the mainland of America adjacent to the Caribbean Sea, esp. the area between the mouth of the Orinoco River and the Isthmus of Panama. 2. the Caribbean Sea: the route of the Spanish treasure galleons and a former haunt of pirates. * …   Universalium

  • Spanish Main — /spænɪʃ ˈmeɪn/ (say spanish mayn) noun 1. (formerly) the mainland of America adjacent to the Caribbean Sea, especially between the mouth of the river Orinoco and the Isthmus of Panama. 2. the Caribbean Sea, the route of the Spanish treasure… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Spanish Main — geographical name 1. the mainland of Spanish America especially along N coast of South America 2. the Caribbean Sea & adjacent waters especially at the time when region was infested with pirates …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Spanish Main — 1. (formerly) the mainland of America adjacent to the Caribbean Sea, esp. the area between the mouth of the Orinoco River and the Isthmus of Panama. 2. the Caribbean Sea: the route of the Spanish treasure galleons and a former haunt of pirates …   Useful english dictionary

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