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  • Cabaça: bottle gourd, opo squash or long melon from the calabash tree
  • Cabaço: gourd see above
  • Cabalhanas
  • Cabanas; hut, shack, cottage (plural)
  • Cabarrão
  • Cabeça: head
  • Cabeçadas: header (plural)
  • Cabeças: heads
  • Cabeço: highest point in a cliff etc
  • Cabecinha: small head, small brain
  • Cabecinhas: small head, small brain (plural)
  • Cabede
  • Cabeleira: head of hair, wig
  • Cabeleireiro: hairdresser, coiffeur
  • Cabelo: hair
  • Cabete:
  • Cabido : to fit somwhere, religious group
  • Cabo: end, cape
  • Cabouço: dig, deep hole, pit
  • Cabral:
  • Cabrel
  • Cabrita: small goat, small fish, small boat, catapult machine
  • Cabrito: small goat, goatling, kid
  • Cabugueira
  • Caçador: hunter, rifflemen
  • Cacais
  • Cacador: Caçador mispelled??
  • Cação: dogfish, shark, tope
  • Cacapo
  • Caceiro
  • Cacela
  • Cachapa: Cachopa mispelled? See below
  • Cachatra
  • Cacheira: somebody that hides, cheater, fraudulent, small baton, big short stick
  • Cachide
  • Cachim
  • Cacho: bunch, used a lot for grapes
  • Cachola: addle-pate, coconut, nob
  • Cachopa: youg woman
  • Cachopo: young man
  • Cachulo:
  • Caçoa: from the verb Caçoar
  • Caçoete: unintentional muscle movement
  • Caçoila: type of large pot, to cook, usually made of clay and steel
  • Caçolio
  • Caçote: ancient type of army clothing, has no beard yet
  • Cadaval
  • Cadavez
  • Cadete: cadet
  • Cadilhe
  • Cadima: town near Cantanhede
  • Cadine
  • Caeiro
  • Caetano: brother, religious from a monastic order
  • Cafede
  • Caiado: boiled limestone to paint,
  • Caiano
  • Caio: falling
  • Caires: to fall
  • Caixeiro: shop assistant, bartender, delivery man, works with boxes?
  • Caixinha: small box
  • Cajado: hiking stick
  • Calado: silent, quiet
  • Calamote
  • Calano
  • Calaveiras
  • Calaxa
  • Calçada: pavement, paved, road, sidewalk
  • Calçato
  • Calção: shorts
  • Calçcarão: to crush with your feet
  • Calçarrão:
  • Calcinha: small trousers, small pants
  • Caldas: Place where we find springs or hot springs
  • Caldeira: boiler, kettle
  • Caldeirinha: small boiler or kettle
  • Caldinhas
  • Calé
  • Caleiras: gutter pipe roofing tile
  • Caleiro: probably a builder of gutter pipes, person who works with limestone rock
  • Calha: gutter maybe, happened from the verb calhar
  • Calhabeu
  • Calhaço
  • Calhanas
  • Calhau: stone, pebble
  • Calhaz
  • Calhegas
  • Calheiros: probably a person who worked in irrigation or watering the land
  • Calhelhas
  • Calhindro
  • Calhoa
  • Calinas
  • Calista: chiropodis
  • Calisto: person that brings bad luck on somebody
  • Calix: small cup used at church, torment, torture
  • Calleras
  • Calleiras; probably from caleira (eavesthrough)
  • Callichio
  • Calmeiro: maybe from the word calmeirão, lazy person
  • Caló: maybe from the word calar, to remain silent, skin scab
  • Caloba
  • Calomeu
  • Calouro: intrant, freshman, fox, fresher
  • Calqueiro
  • Calrão
  • Calvário: Calvary, Golgotha
  • Calva: bald spot, part of the skin where there is no hair
  • Calvete
  • Calvinho
  • Calvo: bald, hairless
  • Camacho: assembly, chamber, parlament
  • Camajo
  • Camara; room in a house, related to municipality, legislature, assembly
  • Camarada: comrade, mate, friend, friendly
  • Camarão: shrimp,prawn,
  • Camarinha: small municipality, small fruit, room
  • Camarinho
  • Camarneiro: from the village of Camarneira near Cantanhede, Portugal
  • Camasão
  • Camaz
  • Camazão
  • Camba; piece of a wheel??
  • Camboa: some wholes in the ocean by the shore where fish gather
  • Cambraia: batiste, cambric
  • Cameira
  • Cameirão
  • Camejo
  • Camelo: camel
  • Camenhas
  • Camilo
  • Camillo
  • Caminho: way, route, road
  • Camisa: shirt, jacket
  • Camisão: big shirt
  • Camissão: word mispelled? probably Comissão meaning commission
  • Camões: type of pink apple
  • Camoesas; see Camões
  • Campanário: steeples, bellow tower, tower
  • Campanha: series of military actions, camp of soldiers, battle, camp
  • Campante: happy, proud
  • Campar: to win, being happy
  • Campeae
  • Campelo; tool for fishing
  • Campia
  • Campião: probably campeão mispelled meaning champion, gentry
  • Campino; person who keeps an eye on bulls, peasant
  • Campises
  • Campizes
  • Campolargo: large camp
  • Campones: countryman, farmer, peasant
  • Campos: fields, countryside
  • Camstra
  • Camto
  • Camurca: chamois, deerskin, leather
  • Canada
  • Canais: channels
  • Canárias: canaries
  • Canário: canary bird
  • Canas: canes, reefs
  • Canastra: low, wide basket, group organized by police to catch criminals
  • Canastro: type of basket high and narrow, place to store corn
  • Canatario
  • Canato
  • Canavarro
  • Canaveira: place where the cânave grows
  • Canaverde; song, melody popular in the province of Minho
  • Canavilhas
  • Cancela: gate, train gate crossing, from to cancel
  • Cancelinha: small gate see above
  • Cancio
  • Candal
  • Candeias: plural of candeia: lamp, candle, artificial light
  • Candida: femenine of Candido
  • Candido: innocent, candid, naive, non-partisan
  • Candosa
  • Canejo: related to dogs, crooked feet, crooked legs
  • Canelas: plural: shins, cinnamons, shanks
  • Caneleiro: man who works with the cinnamon tree, somebody who worked with a specific part of a sowing machine,
  • Canelhas: narrow street generally a cul-de-sac
  • Canelo: to open small channels to irrigate, old piece of metal, bone from the leg, tree
  • Canes
  • Canez
  • Canha: slang for left-handed
  • Canhão: cannon, gun, canzone, canyon
  • Canheto: Canhoto mispelled??
  • Canhota: left-hander (femenine)
  • Canhoto: left-hander
  • Caniça: type of corn
  • Caniceiro
  • Canilho
  • Caninhas: possibly small cane, plant
  • Caninas: canina means canine
  • Canoeiro: canoe leader, somebody who guides a canoe
  • Canoso
  • Canotilho
  • Canotinho
  • Canova
  • Cantanhede: Cantanhede is a city in central Portugal
  • Cantante; singer, somebody who sings
  • Cantão: canton
  • Cantarinho: cantarinha is a small container
  • Canteiro: bed, gantry, plat
  • Cantineiro: cantinier
  • Cantino
  • Canto: corner, angle, song, chant
  • Canudo: pipe, tube, straw, melody
  • Canuto
  • Capacho: doormat, menial, mat, coconut matting
  • Capador; man who takes the sex organs, testicules from animals
  • Capão; horse or rooster without testicules, group of vine branches
  • Capatão; specy of fish
  • Capaz: able, capable, efficient, handy
  • Capela: chapel, chantry
  • Capelão: chaplain, hospitaler, padre
  • Capelo: hood, graduation doctor cape
  • Capeloa
  • Capinha: small cape, small cover
  • Capitaiz: possibly the word capitais mispelled
  • Capitão: captain,
  • Capito; from the verb capitar, to collect taxes per head
  • Capo: bonnet, hood
  • Capote: overcoat
  • Caprichoso; capricious, meticulous
  • Capucho: hoody, name of a strict religious order
  • Caracinha
  • Caracitas
  • Caracol: snail, curl
  • Carajoinas
  • Caramelo: caramel
  • Caramona
  • Caramujo
  • Carapau: species of fish
  • Carapeta: small spinning top, furniture decoration
  • Carapeto: maybe a small lie
  • Carapinha: type of hair common in black people
  • Carapito: possibly a type of bird
  • Carapucinha: from the word Carapuça
  • Carapuça: hood, critical insinuation
  • Carapuço: cap, cover
  • Carrasquinha: type of white grapes, edible plant with thorns
  • Caratão
  • Carda: teasle, teazle
  • Cardador: carder, comber, scribbler
  • Cardal: terrain where a type of thorns and thistles grow
  • Cardanho; (cardanha) small house in some parts of the country, stealing
  • Cardantas
  • Cardão: color blue-violet, color of the thistle
  • Cardeal: cardinal, red bird, emperor
  • Cardeira: makes or sells some type of textil
  • Cardetas
  • Cardia: from the word heart
  • Cardiga
  • Cardigos
  • Cardina: something on the skins of animals, dirt on the skin of people, being drunk
  • Cardinho: type of plant
  • Cardinhos
  • Cardo: burr, thistle
  • Cardona
  • Cardos: thistles
  • Cardosa
  • Cardoso
  • Cardosos
  • Carecho
  • Carepo
  • Careu
  • Cargaleiro
  • Caria
  • Cariano
  • Carias
  • Caricas
  • Caridade: charity, benevolence
  • Carim
  • Carinhas
  • Carios
  • Carita
  • Cariota
  • Carioto
  • Carlettis
  • Carlos
  • Carloto
  • Carmelo
  • Carmim: carmim, rouge
  • Carminda
  • Carmo
  • Carmona
  • Carmoto
  • Carnapete
  • Carnaz
  • Carneiro: lamb, ram, mutton, sheep
  • Carnide
  • Carnim
  • Carnoto
  • Caroça
  • Carochinha
  • Caroço: core, stone, seed
  • Carola
  • Carolino
  • Carolo
  • Caronho
  • Carpalhosa
  • Carpalhoso
  • Carpintaria: carpentry, woodwork
  • Carpinteiro: carpenter, wood worker
  • Carqueija
  • Carqueja: gorse
  • Carqueigeiro
  • Carqueijeiro
  • Carraça
  • Carracão
  • Carracha
  • Carraco
  • Carragosa
  • Carragoso
  • Carralo
  • Carrana
  • Carranca: scowl, frown
  • Carramanho
  • Carramate
  • Carramona
  • Carrão
  • Carrapato: tick
  • Carrapatoso
  • Carrapeiro
  • Carrapico
  • Carrasco: executioner, hanger, headman, tormentor, torturer
  • Carrasqueira
  • Carrasqueiro
  • Carrazedo
  • Carrega
  • Carregado: loaded, fraught, heavy, gloomy, glum
  • Carregoso
  • Carregueiro
  • Carreira: carreer, run, pursuit, race
  • Carreiras: plural of Carreira
  • Carreiro
  • Carrejola
  • Carrelo
  • Carrenho
  • Carreno
  • Carrete: cart
  • Carreteiro: carman, drayman
  • Carreto: freight, carriage, portage, truckage
  • Carriça: wren
  • Carriço: sedge
  • Carril: tram
  • Carrilho
  • Carrinho: cart, trolley, dray
  • Carrito
  • Carroio
  • Carrola
  • Carrolo
  • Carroloo
  • Carronda
  • Carrondo
  • Cartegenio
  • Cartário
  • Cartas: cards, letters, epistles
  • Cartaxo
  • Carteiro: mailman, postman, mail carrier
  • Cartucho: cartridge, shell
  • Cartulho
  • Carvalha: some sort of femenine for Carvalho
  • Carvalhais
  • Carvalhal
  • Carvalhana
  • Carvalhão: possibly a big oak tree
  • Carvalhas
  • Carvalheira
  • Carvalheiro
  • Carvalhinho: possibly a small oak tree
  • Carvalhino: see above
  • Carvalho: oak, oak tree
  • Carvalhos: oak trees
  • Carvalhosa
  • Carvão: coal, charcoal
  • Carvoeira: bunker
  • Casa: house, home, household, habitation
  • Casaca: dress coat, tail-coat
  • Casais:
  • Casal: couple, married couple, pair, couplet
  • Casaleiro
  • Casalinho
  • Casalta
  • Casanova
  • Cascalheira
  • Cascalheiro
  • Cascalho: gravel, rubble, shingle, ballast
  • Cascão: rust, scale
  • Casegas
  • Caseiro: home-brewed, home-made, home-grown, homelike, cottar
  • Casimiro
  • Casina: probably a small house,
  • Casqueira
  • Casquilho: cockscomb; exquisite; sleeve, bushing, socket, thimble; dandy
  • Casquinha: thin rind, silver-plated
  • Cassangue
  • Cassapo
  • Cassiano
  • Castanha: chestnut, nut, croaker, hazelnut, salt cellar
  • Castanheira
  • Castanheiro: chestnut, type of tree
  • Castanho: brown
  • Castanhola: castanets, clams, escallop, knacker
  • Castela: chatelaine
  • Castelão: Castellan
  • Castel-Branco
  • Castelejo
  • Castelhano
  • Castelo: castle, chateau, fortress
  • Castelo-Branco
  • Castenha
  • Castiço
  • Castilho
  • Castro
  • Catalão
  • Catalino
  • Catambas
  • Catana
  • Catanas
  • Catarino
  • Catarro: catarrh, rheum
  • Catata
  • Catela
  • Catelo
  • Catija
  • Catoa
  • Católico: Catholic, Romanist
  • Catorze: fourteen
  • Catraia: skull
  • Catrapão
  • Catre
  • Catrochio
  • Catulo: dun-bird, pochard
  • Cautela: caution, heed, precaution, wariness, prudence, river-horse
  • Cavaca
  • Cavaco: splinter
  • Cavadas
  • Cavaleiras
  • Cavaleiro: knight, cavalier, chevalier, horseman, rider
  • Cavalheiro: gent, gentleman, man of the world
  • Caveiro
  • Cavem
  • Cebola: onion, bulb
  • Cecilia
  • Cecilio
  • Cego: blind, sightless, rabid, unquestioning, total
  • Ceia: supper
  • Ceiça
  • Celas
  • Celeiro: grenary, cellar, barnyard, storehouse, loft
  • Celeste: celestal, heavenly, supernal, unearthly
  • Celestino
  • Celia
  • Celinho
  • Cerdeira
  • Celorico
  • Cemra
  • Centeio: dottrel, rye
  • Centeno
  • Centurio
  • Cepas
  • Cepeda
  • Cequeira
  • Cera: wax
  • Cerca: enclosure, fence, corral, hedge zareba, zareeba
  • Cercosa
  • Cercoso
  • Cerda: bristle, seta
  • Cerdeira
  • Cereja: cherry
  • Cerejeira: cherry tree
  • Cerejeiras: cherry trees
  • Cerejo
  • Cerejinho
  • Cerqueira
  • Certa: such, certain, correct, accurate etc
  • Certal:
  • Certo: certain, correct, accurate, okay, precise
  • Cerva
  • Cerdeira
  • Cerveira
  • Cesar: Caesar
  • Cesário
  • Cevada: barley, corn
  • Ceveira
  • Céu: sky, heaven, firmament
  • Chadinha
  • Chagas: famboyant
  • Chainça
  • Chainho
  • Chaleira
  • Chambinho
  • Chambino
  • Chambuca
  • Chamica
  • Chamico
  • Chande
  • Chantre
  • Chão: floor, ground
  • Chapado
  • Chaparra
  • Chapeleiro: hatter
  • Charana
  • Charato
  • Chareca
  • Charo
  • Charro
  • Chasqueira
  • Chasqueiro
  • Chau
  • Chaùla
  • Chaveiro: locksmith, key ring, key chain
  • Chaves: keys, (town in northern Portugal)
  • Chavinha: possibly small key
  • Cheganças
  • Chegão
  • Cheicho
  • Cheilinho
  • Chélinho
  • Chendo
  • Chenrim
  • Chicharo
  • Chichorro
  • Chico
  • Chicoria: chicory, endive
  • Chieira
  • Chiganças
  • Chilro: peep, tweeter, chirp
  • Chim
  • China: china, porcelena,
  • Chindombe
  • Chiote
  • Chiqueiro: pigsty, piggery, pigpen, sty, cow-house
  • Chiquelho
  • Chiquita
  • Chita: printed cotton, calico
  • Chito
  • Choco: sitting
  • Chora: weeping, crying
  • Chorão: crybaby
  • Chorincas
  • Chorro
  • Choucha
  • Choupeiro
  • Chouriceiro: saucage maker
  • Chouzendo
  • Chula: ordure
  • Churra
  • Chuteira
  • Chuva: rain, rainfall
  • Cid
  • Cidade: city, town, burgh
  • Cide
  • Cieiro
  • Cigano: gypsy, romany, bohemian
  • Cigarro: cigarette
  • Cimo: top, summit, peak, acme
  • Cinca
  • Cintra
  • Cintrão
  • Cintura: waist, waisline, girdle, belt, middle
  • Cioga
  • Cipriano
  • Cirino
  • Cirne
  • Cisneiros
  • Clacio
  • Cládio
  • Clamote
  • Clara: white, clear, lite
  • Clarinha
  • Claro: clear, evident, obvious, bright, light
  • Claudino
  • Clemente: merciful, clement, forgiving, lenient
  • Clementina
  • Clementinha
  • Clementinho
  • Clerigo: clergy, priest, cleric, clergyman, ecclesiastical
  • Cleto
  • Climaco
  • Coalho: rennet
  • Coanhas
  • Cobrado
  • Coca: coca
  • Cocena
  • Cocenas
  • Cochico
  • Cochinho
  • Cochofel
  • Codeas
  • Codeco
  • Codinga
  • Coelhinho: small rabbit
  • Coelle
  • Coelha: doe, femelle of the rabbit?
  • Coelho: rabbit, lop
  • Coichete
  • Coimbra: from the city of Coimbra
  • Coisinha: small thing
  • Coitã
  • Coito: coitus, coupling, copulation, intercourse
  • Coixo
  • Colaço
  • Colasso
  • Colela
  • Colchete: clasp, fastener, hook, bond, brace, bracket
  • Collus
  • Colonnese
  • Comba
  • Combo
  • Comendinha
  • Completo: complete, completed, full, entire, done, round
  • Conceição
  • Conchilla
  • Conde: count, earl
  • Condeço
  • Condessa: countess
  • Condesso
  • Condinho: small count
  • Conduto: conducted, managed, conduit
  • Confraria: friary, brotherhood, sisterhood, fraternity,
  • Conrado
  • Conraria
  • Conscienca: conscience, sense, spirit, condciousness
  • Constencio
  • Constantino
  • Constentino
  • Contente: content, pleased, contented, happy, joyful, triumphant
  • Contins
  • Coquim
  • Coradinho
  • Corado: red-faced, blushing, coloured, colored
  • Coragem: audaciousness, bravery, courage, daring, manliness, heart
  • Corchana
  • Corcino
  • Corda: rope, line, twine, chord,
  • Cordas: ropes, lines, twines, chords,
  • Cordeira
  • Cordeiro: lamb
  • Cordinha
  • Corga
  • Corgas
  • Corguinho
  • Corgulho
  • Corigo
  • Corino
  • Cornélio
  • Coroa: crown, wreath, krone, corona,
  • Coronha: butt
  • Coronho
  • Coronel: colonel
  • Corono
  • Corsino
  • Corral
  • Corrão
  • Corredor: running, passage, runner, racer, runner-up, starter
  • Correia: strap, belt, leash
  • Corrente
  • Corte: courtship, intersection, court,
  • Corte-Real
  • Cortes: parliamentary?
  • Cortesão: courtier
  • Cortez: gracious
  • Cortezão
  • Corticeiro
  • Cortico: beehive
  • Cortinado: valence, valency
  • Corvas
  • Corveira
  • Corujo
  • Cosme
  • Costa: coast, seashore, shore, beach, waterside, front
  • Costeira
  • Cotanheira
  • Cota: quota, allotment, fee,
  • Cotas: due
  • Coteiro
  • Cotinha
  • Coto: stub
  • Cotovio:
  • Cotrim
  • Couceiro
  • Coucelo
  • Coucenas
  • Couchinho
  • Courela
  • Courelas
  • Coutaya
  • Couteiro
  • Coutinho
  • Couto
  • Couvinhas: cabbages, coles, kales
  • Couxão
  • Couxo
  • Cova: fosse, pit, burrow, hole, lair
  • Covas: pits, fosses, holes
  • Covela
  • Coxito
  • Coxixo
  • Coxo: lame, hobbler, cripple, limper
  • Cozinheiro
  • Cracha: badge, name tag
  • Crachat
  • Crames
  • Crasto
  • Craveirinha
  • Craveiro: pink
  • Cravid
  • Cravidão
  • Cravide
  • Cravinho
  • Cravino
  • Cravo: carnation, pink
  • Creada
  • Creado
  • Cremilde
  • Creolo: creol
  • Crespim
  • Crespo: curly. fuzy, frizzly
  • Criada: servant, maid, girl
  • Criado: servant, attendant, domestic,
  • Crisóstomo
  • Crispiano
  • Crispim
  • Crispimiano
  • Cristas
  • Cristiano
  • Cristina
  • Cristino
  • Cristo: Christ
  • Cristov ão
  • Cró
  • Croado
  • Cróino
  • Cruchinho
  • Crucho
  • Cruel: barbaro, cruel
  • Crus
  • Cruto
  • Cruz: cross, dagger
  • Cruzeiro: cruzeiro
  • Cuanhas
  • Cúcio
  • Cuco
  • Cunha: wedge, coin
  • Cúpido: Cupid, love
  • Cura: cure, healing, seasoning, priest
  • Curado: smoked, seasoned
  • Curate
  • Curcialeiro
  • Curdia
  • Curioso: curious, inquisitive
  • Currais
  • Curral: cattle shed
  • Curralo
  • Curto: short, brief, direct, smal
  • Curveira
  • Curvelo
  • Custo: cost, charge, damage
  • Custódia
  • Custódio
  • Cutelo: cleaver
  • Cyrne

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