metate

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

Nearby words

  1. metatarsophalangeal,
  2. metatarsophalangeal joint,
  3. metatarsus,
  4. metatarsus latus,
  5. metatarsus varus,
  6. metathalamus,
  7. metatheory,
  8. metatherian,
  9. metathesis,
  10. metathesize

Origin of metate

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

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