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Classical Nahuatl[edit]

The glyph corresponding to the day ōme malīnalli (“two twisted straw”), as depicted in the codex Magliabechiano.

Alternative forms[edit]


From malīna (to twist) +‎ -lli.



malīnalli (inanimate)

  1. (it is) a twisted or braided grass stalk used as a building material
  2. (it is) the twelfth of the twenty day signs of the tōnalpōhualli; a bundle of grass growing from a human jaw
    • 16th c., Codex Magliabechiano, f. 12v.
      Vme maljnalj / q quiere dezir dos / yeruas deſte / nonbre por q tor / çer quiere dezir / maljnale
      Vme maljnalj. which means “two weeds of this name”, because maljnale is also to say “to twist”.

Related terms[edit]


  • Rémi Siméon (1885) Diccionario de la lengua náhuatl o mexicana, Siglo Veintiuno Editores, page 251
  • Krystyna M. Libura (2002) Los días y dioses del Códice Borgia, Ediciones Tecolote, page 13