standard-title Metate


me·ta·te  –  məˈtätā/

The word Metate (in Central America) is defined as a flat or slightly hollowed oblong stone on which materials such as grain and cocoa are ground using a smaller stone.

Metate (from the Nahuatl metlatl ), is the name given in Latin America and, especially, in Mexico, a carved stone mortar of rectangular shape. The metate is composed of two elements, the rectangular grinding plate called metate usually and another cylindrical piece, also of stone, with ends of smaller diameter to be used with security known as metlapilli, hand of metate or “son of the metate” (according to the translation of said Nahuatl word into Spanish), which is used against the metate to grind the grains or another element pressing them together to break the grain.


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