ca·​jón | \ kəˈhōn \
plural cajones\ -​ō(ˌ)nās , -​ōnēz \

Definition of cajón

1 Southwest : a narrow gorge with vertical sides : box canyon
2 [Spanish] : a Spanish and Spanish-American method of construction in which walls are made of mud rammed into a narrow boxlike frame and allowed to harden

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History and Etymology for cajón

American Spanish, from Spanish, big box, augmentative of caja box, from Latin capsa

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“Cajón.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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