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Classical Nahuatl.


tlachtli (usually uncountable, plural tlachtlis)

  1. (sports, historical, uncountable) A ceremonial ball game once played by the Aztecs; evolved into the ulama game.
    • 2000, Phyllis Barkas Goldman & John Grigni, Monkeyshines on Ancient Cultures
      The object of tlachtli was to keep the rubber ball from touching the ground while trying to push it to the opponent's endline.
  2. (sports, historical, countable) The high-walled court in which this game was played.