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jacal

[huh-kahl, hah-] /həˈkɑl, hɑ-/
noun, plural jacales
[huh-kah-leys, -leyz, hah-] /həˈkɑ leɪs, -leɪz, hɑ-/ (Show IPA),
jacals.
1.
(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
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl xahcalli
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  • Their example is electric, and in ten seconds the jacal is empty.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • And with clouded brows, sullen, dispirited, they return to the jacal.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • A few minutes later Don Louis and Valentine entered the jacal.

    The Indian Chief Gustave Aimard
  • About six hours after leaving the cave, they reached the jacal.

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
  • They re-entered the jacal, where the men were awaiting them.

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
  • General Ibaez, who was the first to reach the jacal, dismounted and opened the door.

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
  • On leaving the jacal, Red Cedar proceeded towards the mountains.

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
  • Come, the question cannot be settled thus, so we will proceed to my jacal.

    The Trail-Hunter Gustave Aimard
  • At length Fray Ambrosio succeeded in catching him just as he was entering his jacal.

    The Trail-Hunter Gustave Aimard
  • If my father consents I will lead him to jacal built to receive him.

    The Tiger-Slayer Gustave Aimard

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