- pl. -·tecs′ or -·tec′ a member of a North American Indian people of S Mexico
- the language or group of dialects spoken by this people
Origin of ZapotecSpanish zapoteca, zapoteco from Nahuatl tzapoteca, plural of tzapotecatl, person of the place of the sapodilla
of the Zapotecs or their language or culture
nounpl. Zapotec, or Za·po·tecs
- a. A member of a Mesoamerican Indian people centered at Monte Albán in southern Mexico, whose civilization reached its height around AD 300-900.b. A modern-day descendant of this people.
- Any of a group of Oto-Manguean languages spoken in southern Mexico by the Zapotec.
Origin of ZapotecSpanish Zapoteco from Nahuatl tzapotēcah pl. of tzapotēcatl person from Tzapotlan from Tzapotlān place name tzapotl sapodilla tlān place