Definition of petaca in English:

petaca

Pronunciation /pəˈtɑːkə/

noun

historical
  • In Mexico and South America: (originally) a basket or coffer lined or covered with leather; (later) a leather trunk, bag, or pack; a leather tobacco pouch.

Origin

Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Gage (?1603–1656), Dominican friar and writer. From Spanish petaca from Nahuatl petlācalli woven wicker hamper or coffer, perhaps from petlatl woven mat + ācalli boat.