noun ma·lo·ca \məˈlōkə\

Definition of maloca



  1. :  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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a rounded knoll or a ridge of ice

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