- (in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico) a hut with a thatched roof and walls consisting of thin stakes driven into the ground close together and plastered with mud.
Origin of jacal
1830–40, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl xahcalli
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Examples from the Web for jacal
And with clouded brows, sullen, dispirited, they return to the jacal.
Their example is electric, and in ten seconds the jacal is empty.
A few minutes later Don Louis and Valentine entered the jacal.The Indian Chief
General Ibaez, who was the first to reach the jacal, dismounted and opened the door.
They re-entered the jacal, where the men were awaiting them.