from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A stone block with a shallow concave surface, used with a mano for grinding corn or other grains.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A flat stone with a slightly concave surface, used with another stone (a mano) for grinding maize or other grains.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A flat or somewhat hollowed stone upon which grain or other food is ground, by means of a smaller stone or pestle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A primitive hand-mill of stone, usually on three, formerly also on four, legs of the same block. In ancient times the Mexican metate was often elaborately carved, whereas the Peruvian batan is a rude slab. The metate is in common use in the North American Southwest.
American Spanish, from Nahuatl metlatl.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From American Spanish metate, from Classical Nahuatl metlatl ("grinding stone"). (Wiktionary)