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1. In Spanish architecture and derivatives, an entry; often a massive wooden gate that was often sheltered and wide enough to permit large wagons or coaches to enter the courtyard (placita) of a casa del rancho. Often had a small door adjacent to, or a door set within the zaguán, for pedestrian traffic.
2. In ecclesiastical Hispanic architecture, a corridor between a cloister and its exterior.
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