noun Etymology: Spanish zapoteca, from Nahuatl tzapotēcah, plural of tzapotēcatl, literally, person of (the land of) sapodillas, from tzapotl sapodilla fruit + -tēcatl person (from) Date: 1843 a member of an American Indian people of Oaxaca state, Mexico

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  • Zapotec — ISO 639 3 Code : zap ISO 639 2/B Code : zap ISO 639 2/T Code : zap ISO 639 1 Code : Scope : Macrolanguage Language Type : Living Individual languages : Identifier : zaa Name: Sierra de Juárez Zapotec Individual languages : Identifier : zab Name …   Names of Languages ISO 639-3

  • Zapotec — /zap euh tek , zah peuh /; Sp. /sah paw tek /, n., pl. Zapotecs, (esp. collectively) Zapotec for 1, adj. n. 1. a member of an American Indian people living in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. 2. the Oto Manguean language of the Zapotecs, consisting… …   Universalium

  • Zapotec — 1. noun a) A member of an indigenous people of Mexico, concentrated in the state of Oaxaca and spread into some neighbouring states. b) Any of a group of Oto Manguean languages spoken by the Zapotec people. 2. adjective a) Of or relating to the… …   Wiktionary

  • Zapotec — /ˈzapətɛk/ (say zahpuhtek) noun 1. a Native American people living mostly in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. 2. (plural Zapotecs or Zapotec) a member of this people. 3. any of the group of languages spoken by these people. –Zapotec, Zapotecan,… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Zapotec — I noun 1. a member of a large tribe of Mesoamericans living in southern Mexico whose civilization flourished around 300 to 900 • Syn: ↑Zapotecan • Hypernyms: ↑Indian, ↑American Indian, ↑Red Indian 2. the language of the Zapotec …   Useful english dictionary

  • Zapotec — [ zapətɛk] noun (plural same or Zapotecs) 1》 a member of an American Indian people of southern Mexico. 2》 the language of the Zapotec. Origin from Sp. zapoteco, from Nahuatl tzapoteca (plural) people of the place of the sapodilla …   English new terms dictionary

  • zapotec — za·po·tec …   English syllables

  • Zapotec — Za•po•tec [[t]ˈzæp əˌtɛk, ˈzɑ pə [/t]] n. pl. tecs, (esp. collectively) tec, 1) peo a member of an American Indian people living primarily in central and E Oaxaca in Mexico 2) peo the complex of Otomanguean languages spoken by the Zapotecs,… …   From formal English to slang

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