talpatate

noun tal·pa·ta·te
variants: or talpetate \ˌtälpəˈtätē\

Definition of talpatate

plural -s
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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Origin and Etymology of talpatate

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


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