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

Origin of malpais

1835–45, Americanism; < Spanish mal país bad country Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for malpais

Historical Examples of 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.

  • Notify Buck Weaver, so he can head them off if they try to cross the Malpais.


    William MacLeod Raine

  • Healy is at the head of all this rustling that has been troubling the Malpais country.


    William MacLeod Raine

  • 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.