A stone block with a shallow concave surface, used with a mano for grinding corn or other grains.
A stone with a flat or concave surface on which grain, nuts, etc. can be ground with a smaller stone.
A flat stone with a slightly concave surface, used with another stone (a mano) for grinding maize or other grains.
Other Word Forms
Origin of metate
- American Spanish from Nahuatl metlatl
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From American Spanish metate, from Classical Nahuatl metlatl (“grinding stone").