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Quichua

[keech-wah, -wuh] /ˈkitʃ wɑ, -wə/
noun, plural Quichuas (especially collectively) Quichua.
1.

Quechua

or Kechua, Kechuan, Quechuan, Quichua

[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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Historical Examples
  • There was, for instance, the learning of the Quichua language.

    Harry Escombe Harry Collingwood
  • This is a clear proof that before 1781 these Quichua dramas were acted.

    Apu Ollantay Anonymous
  • He was not only a Quichua scholar, but also accomplished and well read.

    Apu Ollantay Anonymous
  • Zegarra, as a native of Peru whose language was Quichua, had great advantages.

    Apu Ollantay Anonymous
  • It is in the province of Santiago that the Quichua is first met with.

  • The pronunciation of Quichua requires a harsh, explosive utterance.

  • They had never seen a dog that could understand anything but Quichua!

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
  • Probably a large part of its citizens are of mixed Spanish and Quichua ancestry.

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
  • He has been so long in the country (thirteen years) his English would now and then run off into Spanish or Quichua.

  • The Quichua dictionaries tell us huilca is a “medicine, a purgative.”

    Inca Land Hiram Bingham
British Dictionary definitions for Quichua

Quichua

/ˈkɪtʃwə/
noun (pl) -uas, -ua
1.
a variant of Quechua

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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Word Origin and History for Quichua

Quechua

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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