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[huh-kahl, hah-] /həˈkɑl, hɑ-/
noun, plural jacales
[huh-kah-leys, -leyz, hah-] /həˈkɑ leɪs, -leɪz, hɑ-/ (Show IPA),
(in the southwestern U.S. and Mexico) a hut with a thatched roof and walls consisting of thin stakes driven into the ground close together and plastered with mud.
Origin of jacal
1830-40, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl xahcalli Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The preparations for quitting the jacal were not long, and an hour later, the five persons started.

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
  • Their example is electric, and in ten seconds the jacal is empty.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • Violanta, without giving Don Cornelio time to reply, raised the curtain that closed the entrance of the jacal.

    The Indian Chief Gustave Aimard
  • A few minutes later Don Louis and Valentine entered the jacal.

    The Indian Chief Gustave Aimard
  • Looking back, just before they dropped from view of the jacal, they were unable to see anything of the man.

  • The latter made no observation, but went into the jacal with the capataz.

    Stoneheart Gustave Aimard
  • Only a few minutes after the hacendero's son had left, the door of the jacal was roughly opened—four men entered.

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
  • The capataz cast a look of rage at the Tigercat, and left the jacal grumbling.

    Stoneheart Gustave Aimard
  • The Little Panther rose without replying, and quitted the jacal.

    The Tiger-Slayer Gustave Aimard
  • When order was restored, therefore, he went up to him and begged him to enter the jacal.

    The White Scalper Gustave Aimard
jacal in Technology
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