from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. akin to badlands, but having volcaniclastic rather than sedimentary rocks
- n. land having an underlayer of basaltic lava and little or no soil
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The rough surface of a congealed lava stream.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
The site sits on a landform called malpais, a young, rugged volcanic landscape "that looks like gravel dumped into a big pile," he said.
Plain to see, each would guide a party around some predetermined section of the malpais.
Do you suppose an invalid would traipse around the malpais after dark?
I did describe our search through the malpais with the two feds.
We landed in a gaunt part of the malpais, beyond sight of anything human, and got off.
It cast pallor and long shadows across the malpais.
He knew the large woman must be a witch, for only a witch would be traveling through the malpais with so many men.
The night before, in the little cave where he rested, he had seen a snake, though it was much too cold for snakes to be moving about; worse, late in the night, he had heard the call of an owl, though he was far out on the malpais, where no owls flew.
Parts of our Arizona range were covered with great beds of broken malpais rock, really black lava, hard as iron, with edges sharp and jagged.
A low range of black malpais buttes stretched between him and the man he had despoiled, and as yet the direction of his flight could not be observed.