ja·​cal hə-ˈkäl How to pronounce jacal (audio)
plural jacales hə-ˈkä-(ˌ)lās How to pronounce jacal (audio) also jacals
: a hut in Mexico and southwestern U.S. with a thatched roof and walls made of upright poles or sticks covered and chinked with mud or clay

Word History


Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl xahcalli

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jacal was in 1838

Dictionary Entries Near jacal

Cite this Entry

“Jacal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jacal. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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