maloca

noun ma·lo·ca \ məˈlōkə \

Definition of maloca

plural -s
: a large communal dwelling of some South American Indian peoples (as in Brazil); also : the group inhabiting such a dwelling

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Origin and Etymology of maloca

Portuguese, from American Spanish, raid, attack from Araucanian malocan to fight


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