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  • But while they freely waive a ceremonial like this, they do by no means renounce their claim to more solid tribute.
  • Time out of mind the piratical proas of the Malays, lurking among the low shaded coves and islets of Sumatra, have sallied out upon the vessels sailing through the straits, fiercely demanding tribute at the point of their spears.

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  • Among many other fine qualities, my royal friend Tranquo, being gifted with a devout love for all matters of barbaric vertu, had brought together in Pupella whatever rare things the more ingenious of his people could invent; chiefly carved woods of wonderful devices, chiselled shells, inlaid spears, costly paddles, aromatic canoes; and all these distributed among whatever natural wonders, the wonder-freighted, tribute-rendering waves had cast upon his shores.

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as in: a tribute to the great actor Define
praise or something done to express admiration or respect
as in: demanded they pay tribute Define
payment by one nation for protection by another;
or: payment extorted by gangsters on threat of violence

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