plural -s
: a square wooden packing frame or crate that has four legs and a net cover and is carried on the back especially by Guatemalan Indians with the help of a tumpline

Word History


American Spanish cacaxtle, cacaxte, from Nahuatl cacaxtli small ladder for carrying things on the back

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cacaxte was in 1945

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“Cacaxte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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