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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 conquistadors also benefited immensely from internal rivalries among the Aztecs and other Mesoamericans, and the catastrophic spread of disease.
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 no procedure equivalent to cartography, but they did create drawings or representations which can be considered as maps from the perspective of western science.
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.
Holding a prominent role in Mesoamerican culture and history, the Mesoamericans believed their success and survival depended on the outcome of the game.
By failing to transcend the limits of a literary analysis, the authors miss much of the dynamic context in which ancient Mesoamericans created, transmitted, and understood their myths.
As William Christian has shown, the saints in sixteenth-century Castile were widely regarded as the resident patrons of their communities, very much in the same way as the tutelary deities were perceived by Mesoamericans.
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.