malpais

noun

mal·​pa·​is
ˌmälpäˈēs
plural -es
1
Southwest : rough country underlain by dark especially basaltic lava : badlands
2
Southwest : basaltic lava

Word History

Etymology

Spanish mal país bad country

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“Malpais.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/malpais. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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