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Classical Nahuatl[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • quilito (obsolete or historical spelling)


According to Rémi Siméon, from quilitl (edible herb), because of its green color, +‎ -tōn.



quilitōn (animate)

  1. (it is) a small parrot, either the Mexican parrotlet, Forpus cyanopygius or the olive-throated parakeet, Eupsittula nana.
    • 16th c.: Bernardino de Sahagún, Florentine Codex, vol. 3. f. 23v. col. 1.
      Ay otra manera de papagayos q / sellama, qujliton: son estos chiquj / llos, tienen la cabeça colorada, el / cuerpo todo verde : los escudos de / las alas coloradas. Comen mahiz / frisoles, deprenden a hablar : / habla loque le moestra.
      There is another kind of parrot that is called quiliton: these are small, they have red heads, the entire body is green, part of the wings is red. They eat corn and beans, they [can] learn to speak, and speak what is taught to them.
    • 1555: Alonso de Molina, Aquí comiença un vocabulario en la lengua castellana y mexicana, f. 188r.
      Papagayo chiquito.  quiliton.
      A small parrot.  quiliton.
    • 1571: Idem, Vocabulario en lengua castellana y mexicana y mexicana y castellana, f. 92r. col. 2.
      Papagayo chiquito. quiliton.
      A small parrot. quiliton.
    • Idem, f. 89v. col. 2.
      Quilito. papagayo chiquito.
      Quilito. a small parrot.