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1. A member of a people of central Mexico whose civilization was at its height at the time of the Spanish conquest in the early 16th century.
2. The Nahuatl language of the Aztecs.
adj. also Az·tec·an (-tĕk′ən)
Of or relating to the Aztecs or their language, culture, or empire.

[Spanish Azteca, from Nahuatl Aztecatl, one who comes from the place of the cranes : áztatl, crane + -técatl, suff.]
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Noun1.Aztecan - the Uto-Aztecan language spoken by the Aztec
Uto-Aztecan, Uto-Aztecan language - a family of American Indian languages
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Legend has it that Spanish explorers cultivated grapes here for six years before setting sail for Central America in search of the great Aztecan Empire.
The Franciscans educated the native children who survived the conquest, teaching them to read and write in Spanish, Latin and Nahuatl (the Aztecan language).
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(5) When Aztecan, Mayan, and Incan temples were pulled down, the Spaniards built churches on top of them so as to demonstrate the Christian God's power over the indigenous gods.