metate

[ muh-tah-tee; Spanish me-tah-te ]
/ məˈtɑ ti; Spanish mɛˈtɑ tɛ /

noun, plural me·ta·tes [muh-tah-teez; Spanish me-tah-tes] /məˈtɑ tiz; Spanish mɛˈtɑ tɛs/.

a flat stone that has a shallow depression in the upper surface for holding maize or other grains to be ground with a mano.

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Origin of metate

1825–35, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl metlatl
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