itztli

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Nahuatl[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Karttunen (1983), Lockhart (2001) and Andrews (2003) all write ītztli (IPA(key): /iːtstɬi/), but Lockhart says "It is not entirely certain that the i of the root is long."

Noun[edit]

itztli

  1. Obsidian.
  2. An obsidian knife.
    • 1547: Andrés de Olmos, Arte para aprender la lengua mexicana, ed. by Rémi Siméon (1875)
      Ytztli, navaja de piedra, nitz, vel nitzhui
    • 1912: Isabel Castañeda Ramirez, Tèhuehuentzin ihuan tochtli, ed. and tr. by Franz Boas and Herman K. Haeberlin; in "Ten Folktales in Modern Nahuatl", The Journal of American Folklore, vol. 37 (1924), p. 346
      ximanilli in aitztli [sic; error for itztli?] nian huetztoc, ica xinechmitzminilli, ihuan xinechmoyezatliti.
      Take this obsidian knife and wound me with it and drink my blood.

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References[edit]

  • 2003, Andrews, J. Richard, Workbook for Introduction to Classical Nahuatl, edition rev. ed., Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, page p. 230:
  • 1983, Karttunen, Frances, An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl, Austin: University of Texas Press, page p. 109:
  • 2001, Lockhart, James, Nahuatl as Written: Lessons in Older Written Nahuatl, with Copious Examples and Texts, Stanford: Stanford University Press, page p. 221: