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Classical Nahuatl[edit]


According to Manaster Ramer (1996), from Proto-(Southern) Uto-Aztecan *tulV or *tuulV. Related to O'odham čuud- "charcoal" and probably the first element of Tarahumara turu-buča-me "mottled white and black".




  1. black ink
    • 1555, Alonso de Molina, Aqui comienca vn vocabulario en la lengua Castellana y Mexicana
      Tinta para eſcreuir. tlilli.
  2. soot
  3. charcoal

Derived terms[edit]


  • Andrews, J. Richard. (2003) Workbook for Introduction to Classical Nahuatl, Revised Edition, University of Oklahoma Press, page 262.
  • Karttunen, Frances. (1983) An Analytical Dictionary of Nahuatl, University of Texas Press, page 308.
  • Lockhart, James. (2001) Nahuatl as Written, Stanford University Press, page 239.
  • Manaster Ramer, Alexis. (1996) "On Whorf's Law and related questions of Aztecan phonology and etymology". International Journal of American Linguistics, volume 62, no. 2, page 181.