talpatate

noun
tal·​pa·​ta·​te
variants: or talpetate \ ˌtälpəˈtätē \
plural -s

Definition of talpatate

1 : a rock of superficial origin formed by the cementing action of calcium carbonate on sand, soil, or volcanic ash and equivalent in part to caliche or calcrete
2 : rather poor thin soil consisting of partly decomposed volcanic ash more or less consolidated

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History and Etymology for talpatate

American Spanish tepetate, talpetate, from Nahuatl tepetatl, from tetl stone + petatl mat

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“Talpatate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talpatate. Accessed 21 January 2020.

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