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 (mĕz′ō-ə-mĕr′ĭ-kə, mĕs′-)
A region extending south and east from central Mexico to include parts of Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and Nicaragua. In pre-Columbian times it was inhabited by diverse civilizations, including the Maya and the Olmec.

Mes′o·a·mer′i·can adj. & n.


(ˌmɛsəʊəˈmɛrɪkə) or


(Placename) another name for Central America
ˌMesoaˈmerican, ˌMeso-Aˈmerican adj, n


or Mes•o-A•mer•i•ca

(ˌmɛz oʊ əˈmɛr ɪ kə, ˌmɛs-, ˌmi zoʊ-, -soʊ-)

1. the area extending approximately from central Mexico to Honduras and Nicaragua where pre-Columbian civilizations flourished.
2. Central America.
Mes`o•a•mer′i•can, adj., n.
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Noun1.Mesoamerica - Mexico and Central AmericaMesoamerica - Mexico and Central America    
Mexico, United Mexican States - a republic in southern North America; became independent from Spain in 1810
North America - a continent (the third largest) in the western hemisphere connected to South America by the Isthmus of Panama
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The opening panel did hint that the basic idea was probably about all forms of water but it was clearer in the catalogue than in the exhibition itself that, like other Mesoamericans, the Maya tended to conflate sea and water table.
Striking at once is the lid of a bowl modelled with 'the Iguana-Jaguar eviscerating humans' (the Mesoamerican jaguar commonly connoted night or the underworld).
Washington, June 29 (ANI): Mesoamericans were the first polymer scientists - they made rubber from latex nearly 3,500 years long before modern vulcanisation was invented.
The Mesoamericans had plenty of time to work out these properties through trial and error.
In all the essays it is made clear that the authors, though experts, are aware that they are working with fragments of evidence; however, the images that they create from them bring us closer to understanding the world of the early Mesoamericans.
Clearly, a difference in intelligence, rather than a difference in geography, underlies the divergent evolution of the Mesoamericans and Africans.
According to McGovern, early Mesoamericans likely consumed the cacao tree's fruit because the seeds were bitter.
In the same way that cartoonists use bubbles to create dialogue, ancient Mesoamericans used lines as speech scrolls.
Spanish explorers in the 1500s reported that the Mesoamericans mixed cocoa with water, maize, chili, and honey.
Michael, as well as Santiago and San Hipolito (Horcasitas 505--09), Mesoamericans were presented as victorious over a system equated with their past traditions.
Washington, May 27 (ANI): Mesoamericans were the first polymer scientists - they made rubber from latex nearly 3,500 years long before modern vulcanisation was invented.
Some scholars tend to classify the prehispanic Nicaraguans as marginal Mesoamericans, while others emphasize Nicaraguan originality and cultural independence.