Definitions for jacalhəˈkɑl, hɑ-; -ˈkɑ leɪs, -leɪz

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ja•calhəˈkɑl, hɑ-; -ˈkɑ leɪs, -leɪz(n.)(pl.)-ca•les; -cals.

  1. (in the southwest U.S. and Mexico) a hut with a thatched roof and walls consisting of mud plastered over thin stakes driven into the ground.

    Category: Building Trades

Origin of jacal:

1830–40, Amer.; < MexSp < Nahuatl xahcalli

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  1. jacal(Noun)

    a wattle-and-mud hut common in Mexico and the south-western US

  2. Origin: Spanish jacal, Turkish çakal

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  1. Jacal

    The jacal is an adobe style housing structure historically found throughout parts of the south-western United States and Mexico. The structure was employed by some Native people of the Americas prior to European colonization and was later employed by both Hispanic and Anglo settlers in Texas and elsewhere. Typically, a jacal would consist of slim close-set poles tied together and filled out with mud, clay and grasses. More sophisticated structures, such as those constructed by the Anasazi, incorporated adobe bricks—sun-baked mud and sandstone. Jacal construction is similar to wattle and daub. However, the "wattle" portion of jacal structures consists mainly of vertical poles lashed together with cordage and sometimes supported by a pole framework, as in the pit-houses of the Basketmaker III period of the Ancestral Puebloan Indians of the American Southwest. This is overlain with a layer of mud/adobe, sometimes applied over a middle layer of dry grasses or brush which functions as insulation.

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