miquiztli

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Classical Nahuatl[edit]

The glyph for the day sign Death in the Aztec calendar.
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Etymology[edit]

From miqui (to die), possibly a reduction of miquiliztli (death, dying).

Noun[edit]

miquiztli (possessive singular īmiquiz)

  1. Death.
  2. An Aztec day sign.
  3. A death's-head; a skull.
    • 16C: Bernardino de Sahagún, Primeros Memoriales
      ynic tlachiuhtli colotli tlatlatili yaoaltic ynic tlatzacutli chamolivitl tẽtlapilolo ycpac ca ỹ miquiztli quetzaltzoyo pepeyocyo

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