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[mahl-pah-ees] /ˌmɑl pɑˈis/
Southwestern U.S. an extensive area of rough, barren lava flows.
Origin of malpais
1835-45, Americanism; < Spanish mal país bad country Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Tell him to send his posse across the malpais toward the rim-rock.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • A single metate of lava or malpais was excavated at Awatobi.

  • Notify Buck Weaver, so he can head them off if they try to cross the malpais.

    Mavericks William MacLeod Raine
  • Healy is at the head of all this rustling that has been troubling the malpais country.

    Mavericks William MacLeod Raine
  • But the boys they knew of an old black steer, A sort of an old outlaw That ran down in the malpais At the foot of a rocky draw.

    Cowboy Songs Various
  • malpais lumps, ranging from the size of an egg to some that weighed tons, were everywhere.

    Bruce of the Circle A Harold Titus
  • The approach was loose dirt and malpais, which ran off down the gulch in small avalanches under our feet.

    Pony Tracks Frederic Remington
  • Ditto or unfinished mortar of the malpais for grinding chili and other ingredients for sauce.

  • I think things ain't right when a malpais girl helps a hawss thief and a rustler to escape twice.

    Mavericks William MacLeod Raine
  • After a couple of hours of play the malpais man cashed in and went back to the hotel where he was putting up.

    Mavericks William MacLeod Raine

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