[huh-kahl, hah-]

noun, plural ja·ca·les [huh-kah-leys, -leyz, hah-] /həˈkɑ leɪs, -leɪz, hɑ-/, ja·cals.

(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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Historical Examples of jacal

  • And with clouded brows, sullen, dispirited, they return to the jacal.

    The Lone Ranche

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • Their example is electric, and in ten seconds the jacal is empty.

    The Lone Ranche

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • A few minutes later Don Louis and Valentine entered the jacal.

    The Indian Chief

    Gustave Aimard

  • They re-entered the jacal, where the men were awaiting them.

  • General Ibaez, who was the first to reach the jacal, dismounted and opened the door.