jacal

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Etymology[edit]

From Mexican Spanish jacal, from Nahuatl xacalli.

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jacal (plural jacals or jacales)

  1. A wattle-and-mud hut common in Mexico and the south-western US.
    • 1992, Cormac McCarthy, All The Pretty Horses:
      A few jacales of brush and mud with brush roofs and a pole corral where five scrubby horses with big heads stood looking solemnly at the horses passing in the road.
    • 2013, Philipp Meyer, The Son, Simon & Schuster 2014, p. 84:
      Canning fruit and vegetables in the worst of the summer heat—hotter in the jacals than it was outside.

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Classical Nahuatl xahcalli, a conflation of xāmitl (adobe) + calli (house).

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Noun[edit]

jacal m (plural jacales)

  1. (Mexico) jacal
  2. (Mexico) hut, hovel, shack

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