ar·​ras·​tra | \ əˈrästrə \
variants: or arrastre \ -​ˌstrā \ or arastra \ əˈrästrə \
plural -s

Definition of arrastra

: a rude drag-stone mill for pulverizing ores (such as those containing free gold)

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History and Etymology for arrastra

modification of Mexican Spanish arrastre, from Spanish, haulage, dragging, from arrastrar to drag, from a- (from Latin ad-) + rastrar to drag, from rastro rake, harrow, from Latin rastrum rake

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“Arrastra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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