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jacal

[huh-kahl, hah-] /həˈkɑl, hɑ-/
noun, plural jacales
[huh-kah-leys, -leyz, hah-] /həˈkɑ leɪs, -leɪz, hɑ-/ (Show IPA),
jacals.
1.
(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
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl xahcalli
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  • Evidence of the burned fort, burned cellar, and wall trenches of jacal structures should still be extant.
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