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teocalli

[tee-uh-kal-ee, tey-uh-kah-lee; Spanish te-aw-kah-yee] /ˌti əˈkæl i, ˌteɪ əˈkɑ li; Spanish ˌtɛ ɔˈkɑ yi/
noun, plural teocallis
[tee-uh-kal-eez, tey-uh-kah-leez; Spanish te-aw-kah-yees] /ˌti əˈkæl iz, ˌteɪ əˈkɑ liz; Spanish ˌtɛ ɔˈkɑ yis/ (Show IPA)
1.
a ceremonial structure of the Aztecs, consisting of a truncated terraced pyramid supporting a temple.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Nahuatl, equivalent to teō(tl) god + calli house
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teocalli

/ˌtiːəʊˈkælɪ/
noun (pl) -lis
1.
any of various truncated pyramids built by the Aztecs as bases for their temples
Word Origin
C17: from Nahuatl, from teotl god + calli house
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Word Origin and History for teocalli
n.

1570s, from American Spanish, from Nahuatl (Aztec) teohcalli, literally "temple, church," from teotl "god" + calli "house."

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