Definitions

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  • n. A porous, extrusive, igneous, volcanic rock, usually reddish in colour, used extensively in construction in Mexico.

Etymologies

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Borrowing from Spanish, from tetzontli, from tetl ("stone") and tzontli ("head hair").

Examples

  • At every corner, it is impossible not to notice how brown it is, whether because of the pollution, or the ubiquitous tezontle volcanic stone, or some other kind of blanketing pigment that rises organically from the earth.

    Down and Delirious in Mexico City

  • The spaceship is made of obsidian, jade, quetzal feathers, and volcanic tezontle stone.

    Down and Delirious in Mexico City

  • In 1583, construction on the Parish temple began, using tezontle stone, a red rock found in abundance in the area.

    The Meseta Purepecha

  • They selected heavy, dark brown tezontle stone quarried in Tequila to represent Mexico's Indian past, and contrasted it with smooth gray limestone from nearby Atequiza to represent the colonial period.

    Zuno House Is Doubly "Historic" - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

  • Renovated and reconstructed many times since then, including the addition of a third floor in 1948, few distinctly historic architectural details remain, but the tezontle (volcanic rock) and cantera (quarried stone) facades still lend an air of grandeur to the stately and majestic edifice.

    Mexico's Monte De Piedad - More Than Household Finance

  • Have you tried mixing with tezontle or lava stone?

    Regrinding Styrofoam & Cement

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