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 (tōl′tĕk′, tŏl′-)
n. pl. Toltec or Tol·tecs
A member of a Nahuatl-speaking people of central and southern Mexico whose empire flourished from the 10th century until it collapsed under invasion by the Aztecs in the 12th century.
adj. also Tol·tec·an (tōl-tĕk′ən, tŏl-)
Of or relating to the Toltec or their culture.

[Spanish tolteca, from Nahuatl toltecatl, artisan, mechanic.]
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n, pl -tecs or -tec
(Historical Terms) a member of a Central American Indian people who dominated the valley of Mexico from their capital Tula from about 950 to 1160 ad, when the valley was overrun by the Aztecs
(Peoples) of or relating to this people
[C19: from Spanish tolteca, of American Indian origin]
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(ˈtoʊl tɛk, ˈtɒl-)

n., pl. -tecs, (esp. collectively) -tec, n.
1. a member of an American Indian people living in central Mexico before the advent of the Aztecs.
2. Also, Tol•tec′an. of or pertaining to the Toltecs.
[< Mexican Spanish tolteca < Nahuatl tōltēcah, pl. of tōltēcatl person from Tōllān Tula]
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1. AD 900–1200 During the 900s Toltec Indians established an empire, making Tula (north of Mexico City) their capital. They controlled the Valley of Mexico until 1200. A fierce people, they invaded the Yucatán Peninsula then rebuilt an old Mayan religious center, Chichén Itzá. They worshipped the feathered serpent Quetzalcoatl and also believed in human sacrifice.
2. A member of a people who ruled an empire in central and southern Mexico before being conquered by the Aztecs.
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Noun1.Toltec - a member of the Nahuatl speaking people of central and southern Mexico
Nahuatl - a member of any of various Indian peoples of central Mexico
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