noun, plural Zapotecs (especially collectively) Zapotec for 1.
a member of an American Indian people living in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.
the Oto-Manguean language
of the Zapotecs, consisting of a number of highly divergent dialects.
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.
< Mexican Spanish zapoteco < Nahuatl tzapotēcah, plural of tzapotēcatl person from Tzapotlān (tzapo(tl) sapodilla + -tēcatl suffix of personal nouns, -tlān locative suffix)