- 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 tzapot&emacron;cah, pl. of tzapot&emacron;catl, person from Tzapotlan, from Tzapotlan, place name : tzapotl, sapodilla + tlan, place.