- Southwestern U.S. an extensive area of rough, barren lava flows.
Origin of malpais
1835–45, Americanism; < Spanish mal país bad country
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Examples from the Web for malpais
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.Archeological Expedition to Arizona in 1895
Jesse Walter Fewkes
Notify Buck Weaver, so he can head them off if they try to cross the Malpais.
Healy is at the head of all this rustling that has been troubling the Malpais country.
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