coatl

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Central Nahuatl[edit]

Coatl, “snake”.

Alternative forms[edit]

  • (Texcoco and Tlaxcala): koatl

Etymology[edit]

From Classical Nahuatl coatl.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

coatl anim (plural coameh)

  1. (Amecameca, Cholula and Milpa Alta): A snake.
    In coatl quicua in totochtin.
    The snake eats the rabbits.
    Nictlazohtla in coameh. Yehuantin cualtzin.
    I like snakes. They are pretty.

Derived terms[edit]

References[edit]

  • Medina, Genaro (1999); online Curso de Náhuatl, Universidad de las Américas; San Pedro Cholula, Puebla, Mexico.
  • Mancilla Sepúlveda, Héctor (2002); Lecciones de Náhuatl, (Amecameca variant), Editorial Hirata; Mexico City, Mexico.
  • Aguilar Carrera, Sergio (2012); Método práctico de lengua náhuatl del Altiplano Mexicano; Amecameca variant, Dirección de Casa de Cultura de Tecámac, State of Mexico, Mexico. ISBN 03-2012-030812540200-01.

Classical Nahuatl[edit]

The glyph for the day sign coatl “snake”, from the Codex Magliabechiano.

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [ˈkoː.aːt͡ɬ], [ˈkoː.(w)aːt͡ɬ], [ˈko.waːt͡ɬ]

Noun[edit]

coatl anim (plural cocoah)

  1. (it is) a snake; serpent.
  2. (he or she is) a twin.
  3. (it is) the fifth day sign of the Aztec tonalpohualli; represented by a stylized snake glyph.
    • 16C: Codex Magliabechiano, f. 11v.
      chicuei coatl q̇ / quiere dezir ocho / culebras.
      chicuei coatl. which means “eight snakes”.

Derived terms[edit]

Descendants[edit]

  • Central Huasteca Nahuatl: koatl
  • Central Nahuatl: coatl
  • Central Puebla Nahuatl: couatl
  • Mecayapan Nahuatl: cua̱tej
  • Morelos Nahuatl: kouatl
  • Orizaba Nahuatl: kowatl
  • Pipil: coat
  • Spanish: cuate

References[edit]

  • Alonso de Molina (1571) Vocabulario en lengua castellana y mexicana y mexicana y castellana, Editorial Porrúa, pages 83v, 23r
  • Rémi Siméon (1885) Diccionario de la lengua náhuatl o mexicana, Siglo Veintiuno Editores, page 115
  • Laurette Séjourné (1981) El pensamiento náhuatl cifrado por los calendarios, Siglo Veintiuno Editores, page 20