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[muh-tah-tee; Spanish me-tah-te]
noun, plural me·ta·tes [muh-tah-teez; Spanish me-tah-tes] /məˈtɑ tiz; Spanish mɛˈtɑ tɛs/.
  1. 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for metate

Historical Examples of metate

  • The older women are winnowing grain and grinding at the metate.

    The Arrow-Maker

    Mary Austin

  • The average Yucatecan housewife is always at the metate in season and out of season.

    The American Egypt

    Channing Arnold

  • The girl's instruments and navel-string are buried under a metate.

  • The old man was ready for her to grind: he had a metate prepared inside.

    Seven Mohave Myths

    A. L. Kroeber

  • This feature is of interest due to its very shallow depth (4 inches to top of metate).