teocalli

teocalli

[tee-uh-kal-ee, tey-uh-kah-lee; Spanish te-aw-kah-yee]
noun, plural teocallis [tee-uh-kal-eez, tey-uh-kah-leez; Spanish te-aw-kah-yees] .
a ceremonial structure of the Aztecs, consisting of a truncated terraced pyramid supporting a temple.

Origin:
1605–15; < Nahuatl, equivalent to teō(tl) god + calli house

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teocalli (ˌtiːəʊˈkælɪ)
 
n , pl -lis
any of various truncated pyramids built by the Aztecs as bases for their temples
 
[C17: from Nahuatl, from teotl god + calli house]

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teocalli
1578, from Amer.Sp., from Nahuatl (Aztec), lit. "temple," from teotl "god" + calli "house."
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