mahala mat

[ muh-hal-uh ]

  1. a prostrate evergreen shrub, Ceanothus prostratus, of the buckthorn family, native to the Pacific coast of the United States, having wedge-shaped, spiny-edged leaves and blue flowers.

Origin of mahala mat

An Americanism first recorded in 1905–10; from Yokuts mahala “Indian woman”; Yokuts; compare mokʰe·lo (Chawchila dialect ) “woman,” moxelo (Yawelmani dialect ) “old woman”

Words Nearby mahala mat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024