Montezuma's revenge

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A 19th-century steel engraving of Montezuma or Moctezuma II, from the collection of the Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Named for Montezuma or Moctezuma II (c. 1466 – 1520), the last Aztec ruler before the empire was conquered by the Spanish. The condition is seen as “retribution” for the slaughter and enslavement of the Aztec people by Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés on 13 August 1521.



Montezuma's revenge (uncountable)

  1. (humorous) Diarrhea experienced by tourists after drinking water or eating food in Mexico as a result of a bacteria strain to which native Mexicans are immune.

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