xilotl

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Classical Nahuatl[edit]

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xīlōtl

  1. Immature, green ear of maize; jilote.
  2. One that cannot keep secrets; a blabber; blabbermouth.
    • 1640–41: Bartolomé de Alva (trans.), El animal profeta y dichoso patricida, f. 18r.
      Ma. v timahuiztic tlacatl yeçe yuhqui yn quenin mochihua noyollo cuix çā ytlà nimitzylhuīz
      Tiçoc v Tleyn ticmìhtalhuia cuix nixīlōtl cuix aca nechyhtitzayanaz
      MALINTZIN: You are an honorable person. Nevertheless, my heart is uneasy about this. Shall I say something to you?
      TIZOC: What are you saying? Am I a blabbermouth? Will someone rip it out of me?

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  • 1985, John Bierhorst, A Nahuatl-English Dictionary and Concordance to the Cantares Mexicanos with an Analytic Transcription and Grammatical Notes, Stanford: Stanford University Press, page p. 389:
  • 2008, Barry D. Sell; Louise M. Burkhart; Elizabeth R. Wright (eds. and trans.), Nahuatl Theater, Volume 3: Spanish Golden Age Drama in Mexican Translation, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, page p. 169: