cuar·te·la·zo | \ˌkwärtᵊlˈä(ˌ)sō\
plural -s

Definition of cuartelazo 

: a military coup usually originating in a single barracks : seizure of power by an army used chiefly of Latin-American army revolts

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History and Etymology for cuartelazo

American Spanish, from Spanish cuartel + -azo (suffix denoting a blow)

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