Metate definition

mĭ-tätē, mĕ-tätĕ
A stone block with a shallow concave surface, used with a mano for grinding corn or other grains.
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A stone with a flat or concave surface on which grain, nuts, etc. can be ground with a smaller stone.
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A flat stone with a slightly concave surface, used with another stone (a mano) for grinding maize or other grains.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
metate
Plural:
metates

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").

    From Wiktionary