Word Of The Day 4-29-2017

pedregal

Noun


Definition

A lava field.

A rough and rocky district, especially in a volcanic region.


Examples

On this route was situated the pedregal, which is a field of volcanic rock of very uneven surface.
General Scott

Worth was ordered to cover San Antonio, Quitman to hold San Augustin, and Pillow to march over the pedregal, while Twiggs was to cover and support Pillow’s movement.
General Scott

Once he crossed the pedregal, a region where an old lava flow had cooled, and which presented to his feet numerous sharp edges like those of a knife.
The Texan Star The Story of a Great Fight for Liberty


Origin

The word ‘pedregal’ comes from a Spanish word meaning ‘a stony place’, ultimately from ‘piedra’ (‘stone’).

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