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n. pl. Mixtec or Mix·tecs
a. A member of a Mesoamerican Indian people of southern Mexico whose civilization was overthrown by the Aztecs in the 1500s.
b. A modern-day descendant of this people.
2. Any of the related group of Oto-Manguean languages spoken by this people.

[Spanish, from Nahuatl mixtecatl, inhabitant of Mixtecapán, a province of the Aztec empire.]


npl -tecs or -tec
1. (Peoples) a member of an American Indian people of Mexico
2. (Languages) the language of this people
Mixˈtecan adj, n


(ˈmis tɛk)

n., pl. -tecs, (esp. collectively) -tec.
1. a member of an American Indian people living primarily in N and W Oaxaca in Mexico.
2. the complex of Otomanguean languages spoken by the Mixtecs.
Mix•tec′an, adj., n.
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Spores (anthropology, Vanderbilt University) and Balkansky (anthropology, Southern Illinois University) bring the latest available research and new insights to bear while covering key points in the development of Mixtec civilization in this multigenerational and multidisciplinary effort to bring into focus 3,000 years of Mixtec culture, from the origins of farming communities, and following them as they spread from the Mixteca through Mexico and the rest of America.