[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.

Origin of metate

1825–35, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl metlatl Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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