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[muh-kee-luh-dawr-uh; Spanish mah-kee-ah-daw-rah] /məˌki ləˈdɔr ə; Spanish mɑˌki ɑˈdɔ rɑ/
noun, plural maquiladoras [muh-kee-luh-dawr-uh z; Spanish mah-kee-ah-daw-rahs] /məˌki ləˈdɔr əz; Spanish mɑˌki ɑˈdɔ rɑs/ (Show IPA)
a factory run by a U.S. company in Mexico to take advantage of cheap labor and lax regulation.
Also called maquila.
Origin of maquiladora
1985-90; Mexican Spanish, perhaps < Spanish maquilar extract a toll Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Identify the process for two sample shipments: agriculture and maquiladora manufacturing.
  • These depressed wages are exceptional even in the maquiladora area.

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