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Quechua

[kech-wah, -wuh] /ˈkɛtʃ wɑ, -wə/
noun, plural Quechuas (especially collectively) Quechua for 2.
1.
the language of the Inca civilization, presently spoken by about 7 million people in Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina.
2.
a member of an Indian people of Peru speaking Quechua.
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Quechua

/ˈkɛtʃwə/
noun
1.
(pl) -uas, -ua. a member of any of a group of South American Indian peoples of the Andes, including the Incas
2.
the language or family of languages spoken by these peoples, possibly distantly related to the Tupï-Guarani family
Derived Forms
Quechuan, Kechuan, Quichuan, adjective, noun
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n.

Indian people of Peru and surrounding regions, 1811, from Spanish, from Quechua kechua "plunderer, destroyer." Also the name of their language. Related: Quechuan.

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