noun (plural jacales /-ˈkälās/)
(In Mexico and the southwestern US) a thatched wattle-and-daub hut.
- Here the Seri have built both Mexican-style jacales of wattle and daub, and small wood-frame structures.
- The jacales were made in a variety of sizes and styles, depending on the method preferred by the workers.
- They have also found evidence of Spanish jacales, room blocks in an octagonal pattern within the stockade wall.
Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl xacalli, contraction of xamitl calli 'adobe house'.
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