variants or talpetate
plural -s
: 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
: rather poor thin soil consisting of partly decomposed volcanic ash more or less consolidated

Word History


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

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“Talpatate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/talpatate. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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