Annotations to Blood Meridian: Chapter IV
 “filibusters”—in this context, a mercenary adventurer, generally paid in spoils of war.
 “manada”—a herd of cattle or horses.
 “Comanche”—the Nermernuh people of present-day Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico. For an extended look at this Plains tribe, see Episode I:
 “del Norte”—better known today as the Rio Grande. Captain White’s band of mercenaries has now crossed into Mexico.
 “buckbrush”—a flowering shrub.
 “pricklypear”—a flowering cactus, native to the region.
 “spirit level”—(from Johnson Levels): “a tool used to indicate how parallel (level) or perpendicular (plumb) a surface is relative to the earth. A spirit level gets its name from the mineral spirit solution inside the levels.”