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The paintings by Diego Rivera entitled La Vendadora de Alcatraces show a woman with a basket of lilies. And alcatraz means pelican. Are lilies (liras) nicknamed pelicans en espanol'

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updated AGO 30, 2008
posted by sara-hepburn

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Oh, here's a picture of a gannet (related to a pelican) in case you're curious.

updated AGO 30, 2008
posted by 0074b507
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http://education.yahoo.com/reference/dict_en_es/spanish/alcatraz

If you look at this definition for alcatraz: (I wonder if that's were the prison got its name')

Notice the second definition: "botany: arum"
If you do a search for "arum" you will see that it refers to a lily.

¿Simple, no?

updated AGO 30, 2008
posted by 0074b507
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Seems that you are not the only one confused by this painting. Notice the gender used by whoever translated the title in the link.

Quentin said:

http://www.paintinghere.com/painting/Vendedora_de_Alcatraces_(Salesman_of_Gannets)_1989.html

updated AGO 30, 2008
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