from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An assembly plant in Mexico, especially one along the border between the United States and Mexico, to which foreign materials and parts are shipped and from which the finished product is returned to the original market.
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- n. an assembly plant in Mexico near the border with the United States.
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- n. an assembly plant in Mexico (near the United States border); parts are shipped into Mexico and the finished product is shipped back across the border
American Spanish, place where the miller's fee is paid, maquiladora, from Spanish maquila, portion received by the miller in return for milling one's grain, from Old Spanish, from Arabic makīla, measured, measure of capacity, feminine passive participle of kāla, to measure; see kwl in Semitic roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)