macuilli

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Classical Nahuatl[edit]

Classical Nahuatl cardinal numbers
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    Cardinal : mācuīlli
    Ordinal : ic mācuīlli
    Adverbial : mācuīlpa
    Distributive : māmācuīlli, mahmācuīlli

Etymology[edit]

Some suggest a compound of māitl (arm, hand) + the patientive of cui (to take, hold), thus “what is held in one arm or hand; five”, and implying a semantic relation or contrast with mahtlāctli (ten), based on mah- (arm, hand) + tlāctli (trunk), thus “both arms; ten”. Compare Pipil makwil (five).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): [maːˈkʷiː.lːi]

Numeral[edit]

mācuīlli

  1. five

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