[ mahl-pah-ees ]

  1. Southwestern U.S. an extensive area of rough, barren lava flows.

Origin of malpais

1835–45, Americanism;<Spanish mal país bad country

Words Nearby malpais Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use malpais in a sentence

  • 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
  • Upon the wholesome malpais country had fallen the bitterness of a sheep and cattle feud.

    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
  • When he chose he could be hail fellow well met in a way malpais found flattering to its vanity.

    Mavericks | William MacLeod Raine