Definition of jacal in English:

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Pronunciation: /həˈkɑːl/

noun (plural jacales /həˈkɑːleɪz/)

(In Mexico and the south-western US) a thatched wattle-and-daub hut.
Example sentences
  • 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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