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This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles.


If a word has a certain property, I call it a Peruvian Word™.

You can use the examples below to find the property:

$$\begin{array}{|c|c|} \hline \bbox[yellow]{\textbf{Peruvian Words™}}&\bbox[yellow]{\textbf{Non-Peruvian Words™}}\\ \hline \text{COVER}&\text{COAT}\\ \hline \text{BANGED}&\text{SLAMMED}\\ \hline \text{BEND}&\text{TWIST}\\ \hline \text{FAILED}&\text{PASSED}\\ \hline \text{ENDER}&\text{FINISHER}\\ \hline \text{CAPPED}&\text{HATTED}\\ \hline \text{BEAKER}&\text{FLASK}\\ \hline \text{BANKED}&\text{RAMPED}\\ \hline \text{BOT*}&\text{ROBOT}\\ \hline \text{BARING}&\text{SHOWING}\\ \hline \end{array} $$

* represents Extra-Peruvian Word™.

For those without MathJax, or if you want to pop this into a spreadsheet, here is a CSV version:

Peruvian Word™, Non-Peruvian Word™  
COVER,COAT
BANGED,SLAMMED
BEND,TWIST
FAILED,PASSED
ENDER,FINISHER
CAPPED,HATTED
BEAKER,FLASK
BANKED,RAMPED
BOT**,ROBOT
BARING,SHOWING 
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I think a Peruvian word is one for which

You can add a letter L to make another word

The examples are

COVER → CLOVER
BANGED → BANGLED
BEND → BLEND
FAILED → FLAILED
ENDER → LENDER
CAPPED → CLAPPED
BEAKER → BLEAKER
BANKED → BLANKED
BOT → BLOT and BOLT (extra Peruvian)
BARING → BLARING

And they may be called Peruvian because Lima is the NATO phonetic alphabet for the letter 'L'

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    $\begingroup$ Wow, Coatl is so embedded in my brain as a word from way too many games that I never would have come up with that. Congratulations. $\endgroup$ – Sconibulus Oct 19 '16 at 13:01
  • $\begingroup$ @Sconibulus Where is "Coatl"? $\endgroup$ – EKons Oct 19 '16 at 13:34
  • $\begingroup$ @ΈρικΚωνσταντόπουλος adding an L to the end of COAT, the first Non-Peruvian word $\endgroup$ – Sconibulus Oct 19 '16 at 13:36
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    $\begingroup$ @Sconibulus Hate to break it on you, but here it says that coatl is not an English word. $\endgroup$ – EKons Oct 19 '16 at 13:38
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Credit to Tom for discovering the salient property. Perhaps such words are called Peruvian because

"lama" is Peruvian thanks to "llama".

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