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mahala mat

[ muh-hal-uh ]
/ məˈhæl ə /
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noun
a prostrate evergreen shrub, Ceanothus prostratus, of the buckthorn family, native to the Pacific coast of the U.S., having wedge-shaped, spiny-edged leaves and blue flowers.
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Origin of mahala mat

1905–10, Americanism;mahala Indian woman <Yokuts; compare mokʰe·lo (Chawchila dial.) woman, moxelo (Yawelmani dial.) old woman
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