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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A thatch-roofed hut made of wattle and daub found in Mexico and the southwest United States.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a wattle-and-mud hut common in Mexico and the south-western US

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. In Mexico and the southwestern United States, a kind of plastered house or hut, usually made by planting poles or timber in the ground, filling in between them with screen work or wickerwork, and daubing one or both sides with mud or adobe mortar; also, this method of construction.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A native Mexican house or hut of which the walls are constructed of rows of thin vertical poles, covered and chinked with mud. Also applied to this method of building.

Etymologies

American Spanish, from Nahuatl xahcalli : xamitl, xam-, xah-, adobe + calli, house.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Spanish jacal, Turkish ├žakal (Wiktionary)

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  • A thatch-roofed hut made of wattle and daub found in Mexico and the southwest United States.

    September 22, 2009