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Classical Nahuatl[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • axno (obsolete spelling)
  • asno (Spanish spelling)


From Spanish asno, from Latin asinus (donkey, ass).

The spelling presented is the modern, normalized form of axno, itself an adaptation by Classical Nahuatl speakers of Spanish asno, based both on the constrictions of Classical Nahuatl phonology and 16th-century Spanish pronunciation. However, the word is often, and more commonly, also found in monolingual Classical Nahuatl contexts with the unaltered Spanish spelling asno, retaining the original spelling convention but representing the borrowed word with the accompanying phonetic changes.



axnoh (animate)

  1. donkey

Derived terms[edit]


  • Fredric Field (1984) Linguistic Borrowing in Bilingual Contexts, John Benjamins Publishing Company, page 208