Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A stone block with a shallow concave surface, used with a mano for grinding corn or other grains.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Southwestern U. S. & Sp. Amer. A flat or somewhat hollowed stone upon which grain or other food is ground, by means of a smaller stone or pestle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A flat stone with a slightly concave surface, used with another stone (a mano) for grinding maize or other grains.

Etymologies

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

[American Spanish, from Nahuatl metlatl.]

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From American Spanish metate, from Classical Nahuatl metlatl ("grinding stone").

Examples

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  • The gaucho at end of the day

    Reclines with his gourd of maté.

    His hammock will swing,

    His gaucha will sing

    To the beat of mano and metate.

    September 24, 2016