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Ta·ras·can(tə-rä′skən) also Ta·ras·co (-rä′skō)
n. pl. Ta·ras·cans also Tarasco or Ta·ras·cos
a. A member of a Mesoamerican Indian people of southwest Mexico whose civilization was at its height from the 14th century until the Spanish conquest.
b. A descendant of this people.
2. The language of the Tarascans, of no known linguistic affiliation.
[Spanish tarasco, perhaps from Tarascan tarascue, father-in-law, brother-in-law (a general term of respect with which Tarascans addressed the Spanish after their arrival).]
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Ta•ras•can(təˈræs kən, -ˈrɑs-)
1. a member of an American Indian people of N Michoacán in Mexico.
2. the language of the Tarascans.
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