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[mah-noh; Spanish mah-naw] /ˈmɑ noʊ; Spanish ˈmɑ nɔ/
noun, plural manos
[mah-nohz; Spanish mah-naws] /ˈmɑ noʊz; Spanish ˈmɑ nɔs/ (Show IPA)
the upper or hand-held stone used when grinding maize or other grains on a metate.
Origin of mano
1895-1900, Americanism; < Spanish: literally, hand < Latin manus; cf. manual Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In both basalt and sandstone materials there was a specially heavy type of mano, designed perhaps for two-handed coarse grinding.

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