teocalli

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Etymology[edit]

From Spanish teocalli, from a Nahuatl [Term?] language; compare Classical Nahuatl teohcalli.

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Noun[edit]

teocalli (plural teocallis)

  1. An Aztec temple.
    • 1578, Nicholas, Thomas, The Pleasant Historie of the Conquest of the VVeast India, London: Henry Bynneman, translation of Historia general de las Indias by Francisco López de Gómara, page 62:
      their Cazique or Lorde had ſente them, to ſee what Goddes were comen in thoſe Teucallis, that is to ſay, Temple
    • 1845, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, The Arsenal at Springfield
      And Aztec priests upon their teocallis / Beat the wild war-drums made of serpent's skin.
  2. A Mesoamerican pyramid surmounted by a temple.

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Classical Nahuatl[edit]

Noun[edit]

teocalli

  1. Alternative spelling of teohcalli