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Za·po·tec

 (zä′pə-tĕk′, sä′pō-)
n. pl. Zapotec or Za·po·tecs
1.
a. A member of a Mesoamerican Indian people centered at Monte Albán in southern Mexico, whose civilization reached its height around ad 300-900.
b. A modern-day descendant of this people.
2. Any of a group of Oto-Manguean languages spoken in southern Mexico by the Zapotec.

[Spanish Zapoteco, from Nahuatl tzapotēcah, pl. of tzapotēcatl, person from Tzapotlan, from Tzapotlān, place name : tzapotl, sapodilla + tlān, place.]

Za′po·tec′ adj.

Zapotec

(ˈzɑːpəˌtɛk)
npl -tecs or -tec
1. (Peoples) Also: Zapotecan any member of a large tribe of central American Indians inhabiting S Mexico, esp the Mexican state of Oaxaca
2. (Languages) the group of languages spoken by this people
adj
3. (Peoples) Also: Zapotecan of or relating to this people or their language
4. (Languages) Also: Zapotecan of or relating to this people or their language
[from Spanish Zapoteca, from Nahuatl Tzapoteca, literally: people of the land of the sapodillas, from tzapotl sapodilla]

Za•po•tec

(ˈzæp əˌtɛk, ˈzɑ pə-)

n., pl. -tecs, (esp. collectively) -tec, n.
1. a member of an American Indian people living primarily in central and E Oaxaca in Mexico.
2. the complex of Otomanguean languages spoken by the Zapotecs, varying in degree of mutual intelligibility.
adj.
3. Also, Za`po•tec′an. of or designating a Mesoamerican civilization of the Oaxaca region of Mexico c600 b.c.a.d. cl000.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Zapotec - a member of a large tribe of Mesoamericans living in southern Mexico whose civilization flourished around 300 to 900Zapotec - a member of a large tribe of Mesoamericans living in southern Mexico whose civilization flourished around 300 to 900
American Indian, Indian, Red Indian - a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
2.Zapotec - the language of the Zapotec
Uto-Aztecan, Uto-Aztecan language - a family of American Indian languages
Adj.1.Zapotec - of or relating to the language or culture of the Zapotec people
Translations
zapotèqueZapothèque
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