tecpatl

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Central Nahuatl[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Classical Nahuatl tecpatl

Noun[edit]

tecpatl

  1. Stone knife

Classical Nahuatl[edit]

The glyph designating the day ce tecpatl (“one flint knife”), as depicted on f. 11r the Codex Magliabechiano.

Etymology[edit]

Equivalent to tetl "stone" + *icpatl "top" (compare icpactli "top", icpalli "high-backed seat") according to Andrews (2003).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tecpatl inan (plural tecpatl)

  1. (it is) flint.
  2. (it is) a flint knife
  3. (it is) a fint knife motif, especially when worn as an adornment.
  4. (it is) the eighteenth day sign of the Aztec tōnalpōhualli, represented by a stylized, red and white lanceolate flint knife.
    • 16th c., Codex Magliabechiano, represented by a stylized flint knife.
      çe tec patl. ques vna piedra. de pedernal a figura de hierro cõ que ellos sacrificauã
      ce tecpatl'. that is to say, a piece of flint shaped like a knife which they used in sacrifice.

References[edit]

  • Andrews, J. Richard. (2003) Workbook for Introduction to Classical Nahuatl, Revised Edition, University of Oklahoma Press, page 225, 249.
  • Karttunen, Frances. (1983) An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl, University of Texas Press, page 217.
  • Lockhart, James. (2001) Nahuatl as Written, Stanford University Press, page 233.