noun sam·ba·qui \¦sambə¦kē\

Definition of sambaqui



  1. :  one of the prehistoric kitchen middens found on the coast of Brazil

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Origin and Etymology of sambaqui

Portuguese, from Tupi & Guarani sambaqui, tambaqui, from tamba shell + qui hill

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a trip made at another's expense

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