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Classical Nahuatl[edit]

The glyph of the day sign cuetzpalin “lizard”, from the Codex Magliabechiano.

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  • IPA(key): [kʷet͡sˈ]


cuetzpalin (animate)

  1. lizard
  2. The fourth day sign of the Aztec tōnalpōhualli, corresponding to this animal.
    • 16C: Codex Magliabechiano, f. 11v.
      chicume cuez / palj. q quiere / dezir siete lagar / tijas.
      chicume cuez palj. [sic] which means “seven lizards”.


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  • Alonso de Molina (1571) Vocabulario en lengua castellana y mexicana y mexicana y castellana, Editorial Porrúa, pages 76v
  • Rémi Siméon (1885) Diccionario de la lengua náhuatl o mexicana, Siglo Veintiuno Editores, pages 135r
  • Laurette Séjourné (1981) El pensamiento náhuatl cifrado por los calendarios, Siglo Veintiuno Editores, page 19