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Zapotec

[zap-uh-tek, zah-puh-; Spanish sah-paw-tek] /ˈzæp əˌtɛk, ˈzɑ pə-; Spanish ˌsɑ pɔˈtɛk/
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 relating 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/
noun
1.
Also Zapotecan (ˌzæpəʊˈtɛkən; ˌzɑː-), (pl) -tecs, -tec. 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
adjective
3.
Also Zapotecan. of or relating to this people or their language
Word Origin
from Spanish Zapoteca, from Nahuatl Tzapoteca, literally: people of the land of the sapodillas, from tzapotl sapodilla
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