atl tepetl

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Classical Nahuatl[edit]


From ātl +‎ tepētl, literally (“water”) and (“hill”), referring to the land and water, both necessary for human establishment. See also āltepētl.


ātl tepētl

  1. Altepetl; town; city; pueblo.
    • 1524, Bernardino de Sahagún, Coloquios y doctrina cristiana oancommopachilhuic in amatzin amotepetzin.
      Indeed you have come here to govern your city.



  • Andrews, J. Richard. (2003) Workbook for Introduction to Classical Nahuatl, Revised Edition, University of Oklahoma Press, p. 249.
  • Karttunen, Frances. (1983) An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl, University of Texas Press, p. 9.
  • Lockhart, James. (2001) Nahuatl as Written, Stanford University Press, pp. 210, 211.