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[muh-tah-tee; Spanish me-tah-te] /məˈtɑ ti; Spanish mɛˈtɑ tɛ/
noun, plural metates
[muh-tah-teez; Spanish me-tah-tes] /məˈtɑ tiz; Spanish mɛˈtɑ tɛs/ (Show IPA)
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
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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.
  • May the house be beautiful near the door where the metate rests.

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