nican tlacatl

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Classical Nahuatl[edit]


Literally "here person".


nicān tlācatl (plural nicān tlācah)

  1. A local person; a local.
    • c. 1550–80: Bernardino de Sahagún, Florentine Codex, book 12
      in iuh mochichioa nican tlaca: no iuh mochichioaia, tlaviztli cōmaquiaia, tilmatli pani quimolpiliaia, inic mixpoloaia
      (They got themselves up as the local people do, putting on devices, tying cloaks on to disguise themselves)
  2. An indigenous person; a native.

Usage notes[edit]

Usually used in the plural.



  • Campbell, R. Joe (1997), “Florentine Codex Vocabulary”, in (Please provide the title of the work)[1]
  • Lockhart, James (2001) Nahuatl as Written: Lessons in Older Written Nahuatl, with Copious Examples and Texts, Stanford: Stanford University Press, pages 194, 227