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metate

[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)
1.
a flat stone that has a shallow depression in the upper surface for holding maize or other grains to be ground with a mano.
Origin of metate
1825-1835
1825-35, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish < Nahuatl metlatl
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