COMPRADORE to CONCAN
COMPRADORE, COMPODORE &c., s. Port. comprador, purchaser, from comprar, to purchase.
This word was formerly in use in Bengal, where it is now quite obsolete; but it is perhaps still remembered
in Madras, and it is common in China. In Madras the compradore is (or was) a kind of house-steward,
who keeps the household accounts, and purchases necessaries. In China he is much the same as a
Butler (q.v.). A new building was to be erected on the Bund at Shanghai, and Sir T. Wade was asked
his opinion as to what style of architecture should be adopted. He at once said that for Shanghai, a
great Chinese commercial centre, it ought to be Compradoric!
1533.Antonio da Silva kept his own counsel about the (threat of) war, because during the delay caused
by the exchange of messages, he was all the time buying and selling by means of his compradores.Correa,
1615.I understand that yesterday the Hollanders cut a slave of theirs a-peeces for
theft, per order of justice, and thrust their comprador (or cats buyer) out of dores for a lecherous knave.
Diary, i. 19.
1711.Every Factory had formerly a Compradore, whose Business it was to buy
in Provisions and other Necessarys. But the Hoppos have made them all such Knaves.
See quotation under BANKSHALL.]
1754.Compidore. The office of this servant
is to go to market and bring home small things, such as fruit, &c.Ives, 50.
and ships Compradores must be registered at the office of the Tung-che at Macao.Eight Regulations,
from the Fankwae at Canton (1882), p. 28.
1782.Le Comprador est celui qui fournit généralement tout
ce dont on a besoin, excepté les objets de cargaison; il y en a un pour chaque Nation: il approvisionne la
loge, et tient sous lui plusieurs commis chargés de la fourniture des vaisseaux.Sonnerat (ed. 1782), ii.
Sicca Rs. 3. In Seton-Karr, i. 107 (Table of Wages).
or Kurz-burdar, or Butler-Konnah-Sircar, are all designations for the same individual, who acts as purveyor.
This servant may be considered as appertaining to the order of sircars, of which he should possess all
the cunning.Williamson, V. M. i. 270.
See SIRCAR. The obsolete term Kurzburdar above represents
Kharach-bardar in charge of (daily) expenditure.
1840.About 10 days ago
the Chinese, having kidnapped
our Compendor, Parties were sent out to endeavour to recover him.Mem. Col. Mountain, 164.
speak chiefly of the educated classes, and not of boys and compradores, who learn in a short
time both to touch their caps, and wipe their noses in their masters pocket - handkerchiefs.Giles,
Chinese Sketches, [p. 15].
An Massa Coe feel velly sore
An go an scold he compradore.
Leland, Pidgin English Sing-Song, 26.
1882.The most important Chinese within the Factory was the Compradore
all Chinese employed
in any factory, whether as his own pursers, or in the capacity of servants, cooks, or coolies, were the
Compradores own people.The Fankwae, p. 53.
CONBALINGUA, s. The common pumpkin, [cucurbita pepo. The word
comes from the Malayal., Tel. or Can. kumbalam; kumbalanu, the pumpkin]. 1510.I saw another kind of fruit which resembled a
pumpkin in colour, is two spans in length, and has more than three fingers of pulp
and it is a very curious
thing, and it is called Comolanga, and grows on the ground like melons.Varthema, 161.
See quotation under BRINJAUL.]
[c. 1610.Couto gives a tradition of the origin of
the kingdom of Pegu, from a fisherman who was born of a certain flower; they also say that his wife was
born of a Combalenga, which is an apple (pomo) very common in India of which they make several
kinds of preserve, so cold that it is used in place of sugar of roses; and they are of the size and fashion
of large melons; and there are some so large that it would be as much as a lad could do to lift one by
himself. This apple the Pegús call Sapua.Dec. xii. liv. v. cap. iii.]
c. 1690.In Indiae insulis quaedam
quoque Cucurbitae et Cucumeris reperiuntur species ab Europaeis diversae
harumque nobilissima est
Comolinga, quae maxima est species Indicarum cucurbitarum.Rumphius, Herb. Amb. v. 395.
CONCAN, n.p. Skt. konkana, [Tam. konkanam], the former in the Pauranic lists the name of a people; Hind.
Konkan and Kokan. The low country of Western India between the Ghauts and the sea, extending,
roughly speaking, from Goa northward to Guzerat. But the modern Commissionership, or Civil Division,