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  • 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.


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From Spanish malpaís (mal ("bad") + país ("land"))


  • The site sits on a landform called malpais, a young, rugged volcanic landscape "that looks like gravel dumped into a big pile," he said. RSS - home

  • Plain to see, each would guide a party around some predetermined section of the malpais.

    Operation Luna

  • Do you suppose an invalid would traipse around the malpais after dark?

    Operation Luna

  • I did describe our search through the malpais with the two feds.

    Operation Luna

  • We landed in a gaunt part of the malpais, beyond sight of anything human, and got off.

    Operation Luna

  • It cast pallor and long shadows across the malpais.

    Operation Luna

  • He knew the large woman must be a witch, for only a witch would be traveling through the malpais with so many men.

    Dead Man’s Walk

  • 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.

    Dead Man’s Walk

  • 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.

    Ranching, Sport and Travel

  • 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.

    The Long Chance


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  • Out West poor Ernest found no fan.

    As growled the cowpoke, Dirty Dan,

    "I'd rather crawl a far piece

    Over sharp malpais

    Than talk to that word huntin' man."

    Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit

    September 18, 2014

  • 'bad lands' an area of recent (< 1000 years) volcanic basaltic rope lava

    March 29, 2009