tambo

noun (1), often capitalized
tam·​bo | \ˈtam(ˌ)bō\
plural -s

Definition of tambo 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: an end man in a minstrel show who often plays the tambourine — compare bones

tambo

noun (2)
tam·​bo | \", ˈtäm-\
plural -s

Definition of tambo (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : an Inca inn or way station on the high roads of ancient Peru

2 : a wayside tavern in modern Peru, Ecuador, and Bolivia

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History and Etymology for tambo

Noun (1)

short for tambourine entry 1

Noun (2)

American Spanish, from Quechua tánpu army camp, storehouse, inn

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