Quechua meaning

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The Quechuan language of the Inca Empire, now widely spoken throughout the Andes highlands from southern Colombia to Chile.
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A member of a group of South American Indian peoples dominant in the former Inca Empire.
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The language of these peoples, now spoken widely in Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, and Chile.
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A member of one of several South American ethnic groups that spans Peru, Bolivia, northwestern Argentina, northern Chile, and in Ecuador and southern Colombia.
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The language spoken by these people.
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Origin of quechua

  • Spanish from Quechua (Cuzco dialect) qhichwa temperate valley (originally used in Spanish to designate the language of one Quechua-speaking ethnic group inhabiting the temperate valleys of the Andes and later extended to other groups)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Spanish, from Quechua qichwa (literally “temperate valley").

    From Wiktionary