Yucatán

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See also: Yucatan

English[edit]

Map of Mexico highlighting Yucatán

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Spanish Yucatán. Several etymologies for this name have been proposed:

  • Perhaps the most well-known is where it is said to derive from Tabasco Chontal Yokot'an, being either tectetan, meaning “I do not understand you” or uyutan, uyukatan, or yukutan, “listen to them talk!”.
  • Bernal Diaz derived the name from the vegetable yuca + tale, a hillock in which the tuber is planted.
  • Perhaps more likely is the derivation from Nahuatl yohcāuh ‘possession, riches’ + tlān ‘place of’.

Proper noun[edit]

Yucatán

  1. A peninsula in North America incorporating the Mexican states of Yucatán, Campeche, and Quintana Roo as well as Belize and northeastern Guatemala.
  2. A state of Mexico.

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Proper noun[edit]

Yucatán m

  1. Yucatán (a state of Mexico)

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Tabasco Chontal Yokot'an.

Pronunciation[edit]

 
  • IPA(key): (everywhere but Argentina and Uruguay) /ʝukaˈtan/, [ɟ͡ʝu.kaˈt̪ãn]
  • IPA(key): (Buenos Aires and environs) /ʃukaˈtan/, [ʃu.kaˈt̪ãn]
  • IPA(key): (elsewhere in Argentina and Uruguay) /ʒukaˈtan/, [ʒu.kaˈt̪ãn]

Proper noun[edit]

Yucatán m

  1. A state of Mexico
  2. A peninsula in Mexico

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