a stone with a flat or concave surface on which grain, nuts, etc. can be ground with a smaller stone
Origin of metateMexican Spanish from Nahuatl metatl
A stone block with a shallow concave surface, used with a mano for grinding corn or other grains.
Origin of metateAmerican Spanish from Nahuatl metlatl
metate (left) and mano (right)
- A flat stone with a slightly concave surface, used with another stone (a mano) for grinding maize or other grains.
From American Spanish metate, from Classical Nahuatl metlatl (“grinding stone").