nounpl. Ta·ras·cans also Tarasco or Ta·ras·cos
- a. A member of a Mesoamerican Indian people of southwest Mexico whose civilization was at its height from the 14th century until the Spanish conquest.b. A descendant of this people.
- The language of the Tarascans, of no known linguistic affiliation.
Origin of TarascanSpanish tarasco, perhaps from Tarascan tarascue, father-in-law, brother-in-law (a general term of respect with which Tarascans addressed the Spanish after their arrival).