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The chessboard consists of 64 squares, coloured alternately light and dark,
arranged in eight vertical rows called files and eight horizontal rows called ranks.
The rows, or lines, of squares of the same colour that crisscross the chessboard
Chinese wax, also called Chinese insect wax, or insect wax, white or yellowish-
white crystalline wax resembling spermaceti but harder, more friable, and with a
higher melting point; it is deposited on the branches of certain trees by the scale ...
This difficult and inhospitable terrain provided refuge for cimarrones (Spanish: "
runaway slaves"), called Maroons by the English, who bolted when the English
conquered Jamaica in 1665 and waged relentless guerrilla warfare.
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