me·​ta·​te | \ mə-ˈtä-tē How to pronounce metate (audio) \

Definition of metate

: a stone with a concave upper surface used as the lower millstone for grinding grains and especially corn

Examples of metate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Highlights include a statute of a Zapotec god of corn; a molcajete, or traditional Mexican mortar made from volcanic stone; a metate, or stone tool used for processing corn; and a pichancha, or clay strainer, according to a statement. Emily Williams, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Mar. 2022 The raspadas take shape on a metate, a Mesoamerican tool used to mill corn. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Mar. 2022 The chocolate de metate dessert is inspired by the round Ibarra-brand chocolate powder tablets that Mexicans have dissolve in milk or water to make hot cocoa for generations. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Mar. 2022 Her aunt places a par-cooked tortilla on the slanted stone and scrapes it with a cylindrical milling stone, spreading the masa to the end of the metate. Cesar Hernandez, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Mar. 2022 Each of the seating areas has a bench shaped like a metate and a brand that marks the cattle of that region. Los Angeles Times, 2 Dec. 2021 In a shaded courtyard overgrown with succulents, Margarita, with her graying pigtails and brightly embroidered apron, had crushed rice, which had been soaking for an hour or so, on a metate, a hollowed, mortarlike stone. New York Times, 11 Nov. 2021 An image from an Aztec-era codex that Ramírez-Oropeza showed me depicts the goddess Quilaztli or Cihuacoatl pulverizing the bones on a metate, a slanted stone grinding tool found in Mexico to this day, usually used for breaking down corn. Steve Padilla, Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2021 Their molino and its grinding stones are on display, along with a metate, the traditional flat grinding stone used for thousands of years in Mesoamerica. Leslie Brenner, Bon Appétit, 29 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of metate

1625, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for metate

Spanish, from Nahuatl metatl

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3 Apr 2022

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“Metate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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