Mexican

   1) New York: 1912. Of inferior quality, shoddy or shabby; makeshift or stopgap; also illegal. The DARE notes that this meaning is derogatory, used chiefly in the West and Southwest.
   2) DARE: 1968. Regarding clock time or scheduled events, belated, tardy, or unreliable. Compare Navajo—Navajo time.
   3) DARE (from Texas to California): 1854. Spicy (said of foods).
   4) Southwestern California: 1962. As the DARE notes, in several combinations, such as Mexican toothache, Mexican disease, and Mexican sickness, it refers to diarrhea.
   5) A Mexican peso. Also known as adobe dollar, 'dobe dollar.
   6) The typical bean used in Mexican dishes: pinto or kidney bean (Phaseolus vulgaris). The adjective Mexican is also used in various combinations, most of which denote plants and animals native to the border states and northern Mexico. Other adjectival constructions refer to aspects of southwestern culture, often reflecting the cowboy's sarcasm. Those that are especially pertinent to his era and profession are listed below.

Cowboy Talk. A Dictionary of Spanish Terms. . 2013.

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