[muh-tah-tee; Spanish me-tah-te]
noun, plural metates [muh-tah-teez; Spanish me-tah-tes] .
a flat stone that has a shallow depression in the upper surface for holding maize or other grains to be ground with a mano.

1825–35, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl metlatl Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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The seeds were roasted and ground on a metate and made into a mush.
They are used with a metate, mill, or grinding slab.
To develop vocabulary, label objects with correct terms such as mano and metate.
They would then parch the shells to make them brittle, crack them with a
  metate, and winnow the nuts with a fan tray.
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