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Inca

[ing-kuh]
noun
1.
a member of any of the dominant groups of South American Indian peoples who established an empire in Peru prior to the Spanish conquest.
2.
a ruler or member of the royal family in the Incan empire.

Origin:
1585–95; < Spanish < Quechua inka ruler of the Inca state

Incaic [ing-key-ik, in-] , adjective
Incan, noun, adjective
pseudo-Incan, adjective, noun
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Inca (ˈɪŋkə)
 
n , pl -ca, -cas
1.  a member of a South American Indian people whose great empire centred on Peru lasted from about 1100 ad to the Spanish conquest in the early 1530s and is famed for its complex culture
2.  the ruler or king of this empire or any member of his family
3.  See also Quechua the language of the Incas
 
[C16: from Spanish, from Quechua inka king]
 
'Incan
 
adj

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Inca
1594, from Sp. (1526), from Quechea, lit. "lord, king." Technically, only of the high Inca, but it was used widely for "man of royal blood."
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Incas definition


A Native American people who built a notable civilization in western South America in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. The center of their empire was in present-day Peru. Francisco Pizarro of Spain conquered the Inca Empire.

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