Zapotec

Zapotec

[zap-uh-tek, zah-puh-; Spanish sah-paw-tek]
noun, plural Zapotecs (especially collectively) Zapotec for 1.
1.
a member of an American Indian people living in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
2.
the Oto-Manguean language of the Zapotecs, consisting of a number of highly divergent dialects.
adjective
3.
Archaeology. of or pertaining to a Mesoamerican Indian civilization of the Oaxaca region of Mexico c600 b.c. to a.d. 1000, characterized by a bar-and-dot system of enumeration, a calendar of Mayan derivation, ball courts, and underground frescoed tombs.

Origin:
< Mexican Spanish zapoteco < Nahuatl tzapotēcah, plural of tzapotēcatl person from Tzapotlān (tzapo(tl) sapodilla + -tēcatl suffix of personal nouns, -tlān locative suffix)

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Zapotec (ˈzɑːpəˌtɛk)
 
n , -tecs, -tec
1.  Also: Zapotecan any member of a large tribe of central American Indians inhabiting S Mexico, esp the Mexican state of Oaxaca
2.  the group of languages spoken by this people
3.  Also: Zapotecan of or relating to this people or their language
 
[from Spanish Zapoteca, from Nahuatl Tzapoteca, literally: people of the land of the sapodillas, from tzapotl sapodilla]

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