Jacal definition

hä-käl
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A thatch-roofed hut made of wattle and daub found in Mexico and the southwest United States.
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A hut in Mexico and the Southwest, with walls of close-set wooden stakes plastered with mud and roofed with straw, rushes, etc.
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A wattle-and-mud hut common in Mexico and the south-western US.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
jacal
Plural:
jacals

Origin of jacal

  • American Spanish from Nahuatl xahcalli xamitl, xam-, xah- adobe calli house

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Spanish jacal

    From Wiktionary