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Definition of "jacal" [ja•cal]

  • A thatch-roofed hut made of wattle and daub found in Mexico and the southwest United States. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "jacal" in a sentence
  • "This method is known to the Mexicans as "jacal," and much used by them."
  • "This is the equivalent of the Mexican "jacal" construction, and consists of series of poles or logs planted vertically in the ground close to each other and plastered with mud either outside or on both sides."
  • "La trabajadora social se detuvo frente a la puerta de un jacal, donde estaba sentada una muchacha."